[kom-uh-ney-shuh n]


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

1400–50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin comminātiōn- (stem of comminātīo), equivalent to commināt(us), past participle of comminārī to threaten (com- com- + minārī to threaten) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscom·mi·na·tor, nouncom·min·a·to·ry [kuh-min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, kom-uh-nuh-] /kəˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈkɒm ə nə-/, com·mi·na·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commination



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
Derived Formscomminatory (ˈkɒmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for commination

C15: from Latin comminātiō, from comminārī to menace, from com- (intensive) + minārī to threaten
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