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fulmination

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Pronunciation: /ˌfʊlmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n
 
, ˌfʌl-/

Definition of fulmination in English:

noun

1An expression of vehement protest: the fulminations of media moralists
More example sentences
  • Despite the media's constant fulminations against Ireland's libel laws, the appetite for taking a high-cost libel suit to the High Court appears to be on the wane.
  • The right-wing media in the US have been full of fulminations against ‘the French,’ ‘the Japanese’ and so forth.
  • Despite Melott's fulminations against common sense,’ his object of scorn is an insulated elite the Kansas Board of Education.
Synonyms
protest, objection, complaint, rant;
denunciation, condemnation, criticism, censure, disparagement, attack, broadside;
(fulminations)decrying, railing, invective, tirade, diatribe, harangue, philippic, obloquy, execration, arraignment
informal brickbat, tongue-lashing, bashing, blast
British informal slating
formal excoriation, vociferation, vituperation
2A violent explosion or a flash like lightning: a second of silence, not long enough for the echo of the previous fulminations to fade away
More example sentences
  • In any case, the minister has since, as I noted above, artfully backed away from his previous excitable fulminations.
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