to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
Origin of objurgate
1610–20; < Latinobjūrgātus, past participle of objūrgāre to rebuke, equivalent to ob-ob- + jūrgāre, jurigāre to rebuke, equivalent to jūr- (stem of jūs) law + -ig-, combining form of agere to drive, do + -ātus-ate1
1610s, from Latin obiurgatus, past participle of obiurgare "to chide, rebuke," from ob- (see ob-) + iurgare "to quarrel, scold," from phrase iure agere "to deal in a lawsuit," from ablative of ius "right; law; suit" (see just (adj.)) + agere "to do, act, set in motion" (see act (n.)). Related: Objurgatory.