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[ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuh n] /ɪkˌspɒs tʃəˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of expostulating; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest:
In spite of my expostulations, he insisted on driving me home.
an expostulatory remark or address.
Origin of expostulation
1580-90; < Latin expostulātiōn- (stem of expostulātiō) complaint. See expostulate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In hers there was tenderness, expostulation, entreaty; in his some shade of mingled horror and regret.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • The voices of men, one in entreaty, one in expostulation, came from the box.

  • While he talked I would here and there mark a dingy face with a look of expostulation in it.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • Amlie shuddered at his vehemence, but she knew how useless was expostulation.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Resistance or expostulation would have been utterly useless.

    The Spanish Cavalier Charlotte Maria Tucker
  • He tried to speak, but she held up her hand in expostulation.

    His "Day In Court" Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Some faint words, in a voice that thrilled poor Ruth to the soul, seemed to be given in reply to this expostulation.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
  • She and her dog have been remarkably quiet and orderly ever since this expostulation.

  • There was no time for expostulation, the French were found already to have occupied the whole ground.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • He wasted few words in inquiry, still fewer in expostulation.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
Word Origin and History for expostulation

1580s, from Latin expostulationem (nominative expostulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expostulare (see expostulate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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