Definition of comminatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkämənətôrē/
Pronunciation: /kəˈminəˌtôrē/


Threatening, punitive, or vengeful.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: com·min·a·to·ry

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