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[ob-jer-geyt, uh b-jur-geyt] /ˈɒb dʒərˌgeɪt, əbˈdʒɜr geɪt/
verb (used with object), objurgated, objurgating.
to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
Origin of objurgate
1610-20; < Latin objūrgātus, 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
Related forms
objurgation, noun
objurgator, noun
[uh b-jur-guh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /əbˈdʒɜr gəˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
objurgatively, adverb
objurgatory, objurgative, adjective Unabridged
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(transitive) to scold or reprimand
Derived Forms
objurgation, noun
objurgator, noun
objurgatory (ɒbˈdʒɜːɡətərɪ; -trɪ), objurgative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin objurgāre, from ob- against + jurgāre to scold
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Contemporary definitions for objurgation

to express strong disapproval; to criticize severely

Word Origin

Latin objurgare 'to rebuke''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for objurgation

1540s, from Latin obiurgationem (nominative obiurgatio) "a chiding, reproving, reproof," noun of action from past participle stem of obiurgare (see objurgate).



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.

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