Definition of comminatory in English:

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comminatory

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmɪnəˌt(ə)ri/

adjective

rare
Threatening, punitive, or vengeful: both advocated a mild resolution which would head off anything more comminatory from the Soviet Union
More 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.

Origin

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

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