com·​mi·​na·​tion ˌkä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce commination (audio)
ˈkä-mə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce commination (audio)

Examples of commination in a Sentence

the tendency by some to regard every unfortunate natural disaster as a sign of the Almighty's commination of mankind's sinfulness

Word History


Middle English comminacion "threat of punishment or vengeance," borrowed from Anglo-French comminacioun, borrowed from Latin comminātiōn-, comminātiō "act of threatening or menacing," from comminor, comminārī "to make a threat of, threaten" (from com- com- + minor, minārī "to threaten") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at minatory

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commination was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Commination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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