comminate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v comminate curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • comminate To threaten; denounce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Comminate kom′in-āt to threaten
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—com, inten., and mināri, to threaten.

Usage

In literature:

De Commines joined the Duke of Orleans in a conspiracy against the government of the Regent, which was discovered.
"In Château Land" by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
Commines (Flemish, Komen) was formerly a fortified town of some importance in the period of the Great Wars of Flanders.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
Darwin Tulips, such as Clara Butt, Dream, Gretchen, La Tristesse, La Tulipe Noire, Mrs. Potter Palmer, Philippe de Commines, Psyche, Rev.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
And this reminds me you have a bad habit which is to be comminated in my theory of letters.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I was much deceived, or she had read the insidious paragraph and recognised the comminated pearl-grey suit.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They go back to what the "Commination Service" calls "The Primitive Church".
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
Collect and comminate the ugly words.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
On the death of Louis in 1483 a suit was commenced against Commines by the family of La Tremoille, and he was cast in heavy damages.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
They have held Commination Services, recited mantras, and cursed us solemnly for days.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
That giant is the great Cucullin; and he's now commin' up to leather Fin.
"Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" by William Butler Yeats
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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, October 25, 2010.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 14, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2009.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 27, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 23, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2009.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 10, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2012.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011.
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 9, 2012.
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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
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