Definition of remonstrate in English:


Syllabification: re·mon·strate
Pronunciation: /rəˈmänˌstrāt


[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.
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


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'.



Pronunciation: /riˌmänˈstrāSHən, ˌremən-/
More 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.


Pronunciation: /-strətiv/
More 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).


Pronunciation: /-ˌstrātər/
More 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.

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