Definition of expostulate in English:

expostulate

Line breaks: ex|pos¦tu|late
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɒstjʊleɪt
 
, ɛk-/

verb

[no object]
  • Express strong disapproval or disagreement: he found Fox expostulating with a young man
    More example sentences
    • If you read down the Hansard report, you'll see he then loses control altogether, peevishly expostulating, ‘We do not need moral lectures from the Conservative party.’
    • I'm glad to see plenty of letters expostulating about the preposterous piece in the newspaper.
    • ‘Now this is really blackmail,’ the villain expostulates.
    Synonyms
    remonstrate, disagree, argue, take issue, reason, express disagreement; make a protest to, protest to, raise objections to, object to, complain to

Derivatives

expostulation

Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • This, under the circumstances, has been justly characterized by one of the witnesses as an expression of remonstrance or expostulation.
  • Blame, expostulations, recriminations and horseplay - David provides an up-close-and-personal document of the family's most wrenchingly private moments.
  • Compare and contrast the treatment meted out to Minister Lewis, who was constantly interrupted with incredulous comments and expostulations.

expostulator

noun

expostulatory

Pronunciation: /-lət(ə)ri/
adjective
More example sentences
  • When I wailed about this to the executive in charge of shepherding the Australian through production and distribution, he was expostulatory.
  • Keating's expostulatory phone calls to newspaper owners and editors are notorious.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'demand how or why, state a complaint'): from Latin expostulat- 'demanded', from the verb expostulare, from ex- 'out' + postulare 'demand'.

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