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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.
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- adj. containing warning of punishment
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I detected something comminatory in his yellow, emaciated countenance, but I believe now he was simply startled by my youth.
On the 25th the German Ambassador proceeds to the Quai d'Orsay, to notify in comminatory terms that Berlin sides with Vienna; panic in the different Bourses; recall of the Austrian Ambassador from Belgrade, notwithstanding the almost complete acceptance of the draconian conditions he presented twenty-four hours before.
At first Mrs. Greyne contented herself with daily letters, but latterly she had resorted to wires, explanatory, condemnatory, hortatory, and even comminatory.
But presently Arran began to suspect that the portrait was not as comminatory as he could have wished.
Captain Tom went sailing from island to island, appearing unexpectedly in various localities, beaming, noisy, anecdotal, commendatory or comminatory, but always welcome.
This is a great question upon which the solution of many others depends, and for the examination of it, the hour of the comminatory decree of arrest, and that of the real decree may be remarked to advantage.
He read his danger in the stony eyes of the girl; and in the very act of leaping to his feet he heard sharply, detached on the comminatory voice of the storm the brief report of a shot which half stunned him, in the manner of a blow.
"She has gone after him," stated Fyne in comminatory tones.
So the instruments were tuned and the comminatory verses sung.
The lawyers read the opinion which they had studied over for several days; and all agreed that the judge-conservator could remove the suspension that he had imposed on the archbishop, in order to obtain from him the said protest or libel, as they said that the said suspension was comminatory.
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