Pronounced: klar-ih-GAY-shun, noun

Notes: Not a word I’ve run across

Yesterday’s word

The word comminate means

  • to threaten with divine punishment or vengeance
  • to curse
First usage

Our word came into English in the early 1600s

Background / Comments

I thought of ‘commune’ or ‘communicate’, but those are clearly not close to the meaning at all. Our word is a back formation (that means that another form of the word existed and the word was created) from the noun commination, which came from Late Middle English, which came from Anglo-French, which came from the Latin word comminātiōn, which is related to comminātus, the past participle of comminārī (to threaten).

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