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expostulation

[ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuh n] /ɪkˌspɒs tʃəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of expostulating; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest:
In spite of my expostulations, he insisted on driving me home.
2.
an expostulatory remark or address.
Origin of expostulation
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin expostulātiōn- (stem of expostulātiō) complaint. See expostulate, -ion
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  • Finding his struggles useless, he resorted to expostulation.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I will hear no pleas, I will receive no letter, nor expostulation.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • There was no touch of expostulation in the voice with which she answered him.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • For three days they besieged Ivan with expostulation, incredulity, persuasion.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • He wasted few words in inquiry, still fewer in expostulation.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • It is a sort of expostulation with the Duke, but mildly and sensibly expressed.

  • “Not of refusal or expostulation—that time is gone by,” said her stern censurer.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • The voices of men, one in entreaty, one in expostulation, came from the box.

  • Amlie shuddered at his vehemence, but she knew how useless was expostulation.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Perhaps this expostulation with one of their witnesses, awakened their suspicions.

Word Origin and History for expostulation
n.

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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