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remonstrate

Syllabification: re·mon·strate
Pronunciation: /rəˈmänˌstrāt
 
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Definition of remonstrate in English:

verb

[no object]
Make a forcefully reproachful protest: he turned angrily to remonstrate with Tommy [with direct speech]: “You don’t mean that,” she remonstrated
More example sentences
  • ‘I am only trying to turn you into a lady,’ he remonstrates.
  • The next day it voted to remonstrate yet again against the king's reply to the protestations of the thirteenth.
  • On the other hand, when remonstrating with sceptics in private he pleads the mind-blowing evidence that crosses his desk from many intelligence people at home and abroad as if it were raw gospel truth.
Synonyms
protest, complain, expostulate;
argue with, take issue with
object strongly to, complain vociferously about, protest against, argue against, oppose strongly, make a fuss about, challenge;
deplore, condemn, denounce, criticize
informal kick up a fuss/stink about

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'make plain'): from medieval Latin remonstrat- 'demonstrated', from the verb remonstrare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + monstrare 'to show'.

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  • muster from (Late Middle English):

    The word muster has a military swagger to it, conjuring up a picture of troops gathering for inspection or in preparation for battle. In Australia and New Zealand, though, the things most often mustered are cattle, sheep, and other livestock that are scattered and need to be rounded up. The phrase to pass muster, ‘to be accepted as adequate or satisfactory’, was originally to pass the musters and referred to soldiers undergoing inspection without getting into trouble with senior officers. The word itself goes back to Latin monstrare ‘to show’, the source also of demonstrate (mid 16th century) and remonstrate (late 16th century).

Derivatives

remonstration

1
Pronunciation: /riˌmänˈstrāSHən, ˌremən-/
noun
Example sentences
  • A section of the conductors in the city buses, despite their remonstrations about their work load, are shrewd enough to find the situation a ‘blessing in disguise’ to stash money in bits and pieces.
  • The consequences of such changes are likely, initially, to lead to vociferous remonstrations, but research suggests that children will settle down and accept such changes within a few weeks.
  • So, I have no tearful remonstrations by a victim to report.

remonstrative

2
Pronunciation: /-strətiv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The reaction in Spain has been, to the best of my knowledge, the first openly remonstrative instance of people ignoring government propaganda and making up their own minds.
  • He adds a monotone, remonstrative vocal to ‘Äesthetik der function’ and a Scottish brogue-laden recitation to nylon guitars in ‘The Hermit Returns (Again).’
  • The utter terror with which they cower before him is at once comic (he is rather fond of a remonstrative wagging of his finger) and disturbing (the dancers shrink from his gaze as if cut by a scythe, and tremble in paroxysms of fear).

remonstrator

3
Pronunciation: /-ˌstrātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Two remonstrators spoke against the Petition, based on their aesthetic concerns and the potential for a reduction in their property values.
  • Fifty-two remonstrators filed a petition with the Plan Commission to oppose the rezoning.

Words that rhyme with remonstrate

demonstrate

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