Definition of expostulate in English:
- 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.
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'.
- 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.
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