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Friday, June 24, 2005

Definitions for commination

  1. A denunciation.
  2. A threat of punishment.

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Citations for commination
Vishnevskaya's powerful story is full of ferocious, grandly operatic comminations of vicious authorities and toadying colleagues. Terry Teachout, National Review
At last the leaders of the Democratic Party have moved decisively, hauling out their ripest comminations and hurling them at -- no, not at George Bush. Alexander Cockburn, The Nation
Origin of commination
late Middle English
Commination is derived from Latin comminatio, commination-, from comminari, "to threaten," from com-, intensive prefix + minari, "to threaten."