comminatory
[ kom-uh-ney-tuh-ree ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Early 16th century; Latin from medieval Latin comminatorius, from comminat- ‘threatened’, from the verb comminari
Synonyms
  • aggressive
  • alarming
  • cautionary
  • dangerous
  • dire
  • sinister
  • ugly
Antonyms
  • good
  • kind
  • nice
  • safe
  • away
  • distant
  • far
  • remote
Definition
a threat of punishment or vengeance
Example
A) When one nation brought in more battleships, it prevented any comminatory moves from the opposing nation. B) The individual suing the large corporation resorted to sending comminatory letters.
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