- a threat of punishment or vengeance.
- a denunciation.
- (in the Church of England) a penitential office read on Ash Wednesday in which God's anger and judgments are proclaimed against sinners.
Origin of commination
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Examples from the Web for commination
A papal excommunication is a billet-doux compared to the Commination of Jugana.The Lock And Key Library
Then follows a commination at the end, which is not unusual in such cases.
Then Oliver had a try; but in a minute he, too, was reciting the commination service.The Log of a Sea-Waif
Frank T. Bullen
But I find no such prayer and wish in any word of the Commination Service.
And that we can only answer by the context of the Commination Service.
- the act or an instance of threatening punishment or vengeance
- 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