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  • adj. Of or pertaining to commination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Threatening or denouncing punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Menacing; threatening punishment.
  • In law, coercive; threatening; imposing an unconscionable forfeiture or other hardship, in such sense as not to be enforcible in a court of justice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing warning of punishment

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  • "The Articles of War did not possess the terrible force of some parts of the Old Testament, but Captain Aubrey had a deep voice with immense reserves of power, and as he ran through the catalogue of naval crimes it took on a fine comminatory ring that pleased the hands almost as much as Jeremiah or the Great Anathema."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 288

    March 5, 2008