from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal denunciation.
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- n. a formal denunciation; especially one threatening divine punishment, read out in church on Ash Wednesday
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A threat or threatening; a denunciation of punishment or vengeance.
- n. An office in the liturgy of the Church of England, used on Ash Wednesday, containing a recital of God's anger and judgments against sinners.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A threatening or denunciation; a threat of punishment or vengeance.
- n. Specifically In the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, a penitential office directed to be used after the Litany on Ash Wednesday and at other times appointed by the ordinary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a threat of divine punishment or vengeance
- n. prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
Middle English comminacioun, from Latin comminātiō, comminātiōn-, from comminātus, past participle of comminārī, to threaten : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + minārī, to threaten; see menace.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)