commination

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com·mi·na·tion

 (kŏm′ə-nā′shən)
n.
A formal denunciation.

[Middle English comminacioun, from Latin comminātiō, comminātiōn-, from comminātus, past participle of comminārī, to threaten : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + minārī, to threaten; see menace.]

com·min′a·to′ry (kə-mĭn′ə-tôr′ē, kŏm′ĭ-nə-) adj.
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commination

(ˌkɒmɪˈneɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of threatening punishment or vengeance
2. (Anglicanism) Church of England a recital of prayers, including a list of God's judgments against sinners, in the office for Ash Wednesday
[C15: from Latin comminātiō, from comminārī to menace, from com- (intensive) + minārī to threaten]
comminatory, comminative adj
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com•mi•na•tion

(ˌkɒm əˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a threat of punishment or vengeance.
2. a denunciation.
[1400–50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin comminātīo <com- + minārī to threaten]
com•min•a•to•ry (kəˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈkɒm ə nə-) adj.
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commination

the act of threatening, especially revenge or punishment.
See also: Conflict
the list of divine threats against sinners, read in the Anglican Church on Ash Wednesday. See also conflict.
See also: Protestantism
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commination - prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
orison, petition, prayer - reverent petition to a deity
2.commination - a threat of divine punishment or vengeance
threat - declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another; "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
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Joseph had instilled into him a pride of name, and of his lineage; he would, had he dared, have fostered hate between him and the present owner of the Heights: but his dread of that owner amounted to superstition; and he confined his feelings regarding him to muttered innuendoes and private comminations. I don't pretend to be intimately acquainted with the mode of living customary in those days at Wuthering Heights: I only speak from hearsay; for I saw little.
During the operation he did not fail to utter comminations which, though broken, had a sense in them; while stigmatizing me as the treacherous spawn of a perfidious country, he, in the same breath, anathematized Zoraide Reuter; he termed her "femme sotte et vicieuse," who, in a fit of lewd caprice, had thrown herself away on an unprincipled adventurer; directing the point of the last appellation by a furious blow, obliquely aimed at me.
Rawdon Crawley, the Dowager Countess wrote back such a letter regarding Becky, with such particulars, hints, facts, falsehoods, and general comminations, that intimacy between Mrs.