Definition of comminatory in English:


Syllabification: com·min·a·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈkämənəˌtôrē, kəˈminə-


  • Threatening, punitive, or vengeful.
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    • But presently he began to suspect that the portrait was not as comminatory as he could have wished.
    • A fortnight ago, a short comminatory note, was drawn up in three versions.
    • The strong and comminatory attacks on his adversaries, of whom he even singles out some, are a marked feature of this period of his career.


early 16th century: from medieval Latin comminatorius, from comminat- 'threatened', from the verb comminari (see commination).

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