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Commination  n.  
A threat or threatening; a denunciation of punishment or vengeance. "With terrible comminations to all them that did resist." "Those thunders of 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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"Commination" Quotes from Famous Books

... absolution of the minister, the wording of which is so objectionable that, if I am rightly informed, it is rarely used by ministers in England. In the Burial of the Dead, they have changed the two concluding prayers in those sentences which refer to the deceased. The Commination they have entirely expunged. They have added a full service for Visitation of Prisoners, and a Harvest Thanksgiving; and they have provided a form of morning and evening ...
— Lands of the Slave and the Free - Cuba, The United States, and Canada • Henry A. Murray

... Johnson's is matter of record. Carlyle no doubt was a great talker—no man talked against talk or broke silence to praise it more eloquently than he, but unfortunately none of it is in evidence. All that is given us is a sort of Commination Service writ large. We soon weary of it. Man does ...
— Obiter Dicta - Second Series • Augustine Birrell

Words linked to "Commination" :   prayer, threat, petition

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