Definition of commination in English:


Line breaks: com|min¦ation
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of threatening divine vengeance.
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    • An agreement between God and Man, about the way of obtaining consummate happiness, including a commination of eternal destruction, with which the contemner of the happiness, offered in that way, is to be punished.
    • The text begins with the morning prayer and ends with a commination.
    • It was his job to save them and not to shake his head and thunder comminations.
  • 1.1The recital of divine threats against sinners in the Anglican Liturgy for Ash Wednesday.
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    • And the terror of the covenant of works is increased by repeated comminations; and that voice heard, ‘cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them,’ Deut. xxvii. 26.
  • 1.2 [count noun] The church service that includes the commination.


late Middle English: from Latin comminatio(n-), from the verb comminari, from com- (expressing intensive force) + minari 'threaten'.

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