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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n commination a threat of divine punishment or vengeance
    • n commination prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Commination A threat or threatening; a denunciation of punishment or vengeance. "With terrible comminations to all them that did resist.""Those thunders of commination ."
    • Commination 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commination A threatening or denunciation; a threat of punishment or vengeance.
    • n commination 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. It consists of a proclamation of God's anger and judgments against sinners in sentences taken from Deut, xxvii. and other passages of Scripture (to each of which the people are to respond Amen), an exhortation to repentance, the 51st psalm, and penitential prayers. There is no office of commination in the American Prayer-Book, but the prayers contained in the English office are ordered to be used at the end of the Litany on Ash Wednesday.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Commination threatening, denunciation: a recital of God's threatenings made on Ash-Wednesday and at other times in the English Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comminatio, from comminari, to threaten; com-, + minari, to threaten: cf. F. commination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—com, inten., and mināri, to threaten.


In literature:

Shooting boxes, oppra boxes, money boxes always full; hunters at Melton; a seat in the house of Commins: heaven knows what!
"Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Who has been at Commines?
"A Day's Tour" by Percy Fitzgerald
The old words of commination!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Dr. Commins was a barrister on the same circuit as Charles Russell.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
MALEDICTON, curse, imprecation, denunciation, execration, anathema, ban, proscription, excommunication, commination, fulmination.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
The breezes that blew around his mouth in that walk carried off upon them the accents of a commination.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
Aw' remember once we'd booath to sleep i' one bed, an aw gate in fust, an' when aw luk'd to see if he wor commin', aw'm blow'd!
"Yorkshire Ditties, Second Series" by John Hartley
Welcome as dewdrops 'at freshen the flaars, Soa has thy commin cheered this life ov awrs.
"Yorkshire Tales. Third Series" by John Hartley
All that is given us is a sort of Commination Service writ large.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
Around one of the dismal, smoky fires an especially dejected mess found a spokesman with a vocabulary rich in comminations.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Father says his place is a disgrace to the comminity.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
In PHILIPPE DE COMMINES we meet the last chronicler of the Middle Ages, and the first of modern historians.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
His first act was to hold a council of war, which decided in favour of peace, and Commines was sent to treat with the Marquis of Mantua.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
Whur air yo' wits 'n' yo' tongue 'n' yo' commin sinse?
"A Maid of the Kentucky Hills" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
James G. Commin, Exeter .
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 3 of 3)" by Various
Commines, Philippe de, on Venice, 265.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
The Commination, and all cursing of mankind, is, we think, best omitted in this abridgment.
"Benjamin Franklin" by Frank Luther Mott
It says in the Commination Service, 'Cursed is he that removeth his neighbour's landmark'.
"For the School Colours" by Angela Brazil
He next dived into the main cabin, where he found Miss Laura and Mr Commins looking at the island through a port-hole.
"The Golden Rock" by Ernest Glanville
Then Oliver had a try; but in a minute he, too, was reciting the commination service.
"The Log of a Sea-Waif" by Frank T. Bullen

In poetry:

A cat to purr o'th' fender rims,
To freeten th' mice away;
A cosy bed to rest mi limbs
Throo neet to commin day.
"What Aw Want" by John Hartley
I sez, sarcastic, that I 'ave no doubt
Some wives might think termarters an' seed cake
Was 'andy sorts uv things to 'ave about
To stop toothache.
But wot I liked in wives, once in a while,
Was commin-sense. (An' 'ere, I seen 'er smile).
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis

In news:

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2009.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 21, 2011.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2010.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 10, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 7, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 20, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 11, 2011.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2012.

In science:

However, Commins (2004) used a combination of theoretical models and observational data to show that this effect does not evolve strongly with redshift, and so, in a comparison with supernova rates at different redshift, the effect of host galaxy extinction should not be corrected for (Pain et al. 2002).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae