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Threatening, punitive, or vengeful.
menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, balefulView synonyms
- ‘The strong and comminatory attacks on his adversaries, of whom he even singles out some, are a marked feature of this period of his career.’
- ‘But presently he began to suspect that the portrait was not as comminatory as he could have wished.’
- ‘A fortnight ago, a short comminatory note, was drawn up in three versions.’
- ‘During the session of 1434, he was commissioned by Archbishop Chichele to draw up, along with others, certain comminatory articles to be proclaimed by the clergy in their parishes four times a year.’
- ‘So the instruments were tuned and the comminatory verses sung.’
Early 16th century: from medieval Latin comminatorius, from comminat- threatened from the verb comminari (see commination).
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