Definition of objurgate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäbjərˌɡāt/


[with object]
Rebuke severely; scold.
Example sentences
  • In addition, he anticipated the modern poets in objurgating the custom of garnishing poems with archaisms.
  • In ‘The high cost of low prices’, you objurgate the chain store for its business practices.
  • But I highly objurgate (word of the day calendars are wonderful things) his stealing my boyfriend's song.



Pronunciation: /ˌäbjərˈɡāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Were we stung into action by the snide objurgation from members of the public?
  • The objurgation does not sound like an English papa laying down the law to his errant offspring.
  • Punk music, with its live-fast ethos and objurgation of the status quo, never was meant to last long.


Pronunciation: /-ɡātər/


Pronunciation: /əbˈjərɡəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • But when he faced the work of a great living artist, Whistler, he dispraised it in such foul and objurgatory language that he was sued for libel and found guilty by the jury.
  • He looked for a moment as if he was going to break out with a torrent of objurgation.
  • I think it takes a combination of growing older (and, presumably, wiser) and enduring significant objurgation by your advisor and thesis committee to precipitate change.


Early 17th century: from Latin objurgat- 'chided, rebuked', from the verb objurgare, based on jurgium 'strife'.

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Syllabification: ob·jur·gate

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