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commination

[kom-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌkɒm əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a threat of punishment or vengeance.
2.
a denunciation.
3.
(in the Church of England) a penitential office read on Ash Wednesday in which God's anger and judgments are proclaimed against sinners.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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comminatory
[kuh-min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, kom-uh-nuh-] /kəˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈkɒm ə nə-/ (Show IPA),
comminative, adjective
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commination

/ˌkɒmɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of threatening punishment or vengeance
2.
(Church of England) a recital of prayers, including a list of God's judgments against sinners, in the office for Ash Wednesday
Derived Forms
comminatory (ˈkɒmɪnətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin comminātiō, from comminārī to menace, from com- (intensive) + minārī to threaten
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