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Word of the Day
Saturday, January 31, 2015

Definitions for comminate

  1. to threaten with divine punishment or vengeance.
  2. to curse; anathematize.

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Citations for comminate
Gronow, if he comminates his neighbour's congregation, is the affectionate father of his own. William Makepeace Thackeray, “Our Street,” The Christmas Books of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh, 1868
Anita is disturbed but Michael comminates that he will reserve her case tomorrow for the ordinary Guglielmus even if she should practise a pious fraud during affrication… James Joyce, Finnegan's Wake, 1939
Origin of comminate
Comminate is a back formation of the word commination meaning "a threat of punishment or vengeance."