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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.


  • It has a kind of commination appropriate to itself alone.

    Hymns of the Eastern Church

  • Resenting all criticism from outside, they scolded together constantly because the place was not perfect; and one distinguished citizen concluded a commination with the sad confession: 'I'd move away — but where could one move to?' —

    Birthplace of a Magazine

  • At last, their dispute came near to an open declaration of hostilities, the incensed episcopalian bestowing on the recusants the whole thunders of the commination, and receiving from them, in return, the denunciations of a Calvinistic excommunication.

    Old Mortality

  • He issued a commination, condemning us all to the deepest pit of hell.

    Tempted by Your Touch

  • There is in this commination an appearance of severity beyond the rule established, Exod. xx.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • The words may be considered either as a prediction depending on God's prescience of what will be; or a commination from his just judgment of what shall be.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Something, in our passage, may be spoken for the vindication of divine justice herein, seeing we may be more concerned in that divine commination than the most are aware.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Secondly, The apostle doth neither declare what hath been nor assert what may be, but only adds a commination upon a supposition of a thing; his main aim being to deter from the thing rather than to signify that it may be, by showing the misery that must needs follow if it should so come to pass.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • A commination of the judgment due to apostasy, being an appointed means for the preserving of the saints from that sin, may be held out to them, though it be impossible the elect should be seduced.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • So that a renunciation of all these, with open detestation of them, as was the manner of apostates, accursing the name of Christ, was a sin of so deep an abomination, attended with so many aggravations, as might well have annexed to it this remarkable commination, though the apostates never had themselves any true effectual interest in the blood of Jesus.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ


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