Definition of expostulate in English:


Syllabification: ex·pos·tu·late
Pronunciation: /ikˈspäsCHəˌlāt


[no object]
Express strong disapproval or disagreement: I expostulated with him in vain
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  • 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.
remonstrate with, disagree with, argue with, take issue with, protest against, reason against, express disagreement with, raise objections to, rail against


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'.



Pronunciation: /ikˌspäsCHəˈlāSHən/
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /-lātər/


Pronunciation: /ikˌspäsCHələˌtôrē/
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  • 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.

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