Commination Com`mi*na"tion, n. [L. comminatio, from comminari to threaten; com- + minari to threaten: cf. F. commination.] 1. A threat or threatening; a denunciation of punishment or vengeance. [1913 Webster]

With terrible comminations to all them that did resist. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

Those thunders of commination. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. An office in the liturgy of the Church of England, used on Ash Wednesday, containing a recital of God's anger and judgments against sinners. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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