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objurgate

[ob-jer-geyt, uh b-jur-geyt]
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verb (used with object), ob·jur·gat·ed, ob·jur·gat·ing.
  1. 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 formsob·jur·ga·tion, nounob·jur·ga·tor, nounob·jur·ga·to·ri·ly [uh b-jur-guh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /əbˈdʒɜr gəˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/, ob·jur·ga·tive·ly, adverbob·jur·ga·to·ry, ob·jur·ga·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for objurgatory

Historical Examples

  • With eager and obsequious "Yes, Mas'rs" they obeyed the overseer's objurgatory indications as to their disposition.

    Prisoners of Hope

    Mary Johnston

  • The farmer swore against him mighty oaths, and directed against himself a part of the objurgatory declamation.

  • But these questions of transient passions and objurgatory provocation are trivial and unimportant.

  • In which objurgatory strain Paris and France joins it, or rather has preceded it; making fearful chorus.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle


British Dictionary definitions for objurgatory

objurgate

verb
  1. (tr) to scold or reprimand
Derived Formsobjurgation, nounobjurgator, nounobjurgatory (ɒbˈdʒɜːɡətərɪ, -trɪ) or objurgative, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin objurgāre, from ob- against + jurgāre to scold
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Word Origin and History for objurgatory

objurgate

v.

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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