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remonstrate

[ri-mon-streyt] /rɪˈmɒn streɪt/
verb (used with object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
1.
to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
2.
Obsolete. to show.
verb (used without object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
3.
to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
Origin of remonstrate
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin remōnstrātus (past participle of remōnstrāre to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
remonstratingly, adverb
remonstration
[ree-mon-strey-shuh n, rem-uh n-] /ˌri mɒnˈstreɪ ʃən, ˌrɛm ən-/ (Show IPA),
noun
remonstrative
[ri-mon-struh-tiv] /rɪˈmɒn strə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
remonstratively, adverb
remonstrator
[ri-mon-strey-ter] /rɪˈmɒn streɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
unremonstrated, adjective
unremonstrating, adjective
unremonstrative, adjective
Synonyms
3. argue, object, expostulate.
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  • But he did not retrace his steps in order to remonstrate with her severely in the street.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • "It is of no use to say that," Jenkins ventured meekly to remonstrate.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Poor Jenkins watched her with despairing eyes, not venturing to remonstrate.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It was in vain for the politic father to remonstrate with the headstrong son.

  • From time to time, however, they went back to knock at Martine's door to remonstrate with her.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • I could see what had happened—my family had sent him to reprove me and remonstrate with me.

  • A good Manxman wrote to remonstrate with me for calling the book a "romance."

  • At first I sought to remonstrate with Giacopo; but he was deaf to the wisdom that I spoke.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • In vain did I remonstrate with him that already he had drunk overmuch.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for remonstrate

remonstrate

/ˈrɛmənˌstreɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
usually foll by with, against, etc. to argue in protest or objection: to remonstrate with the government
2.
(archaic) to show or point out
Derived Forms
remonstration, noun
remonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) adjective
remonstrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show
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Word Origin and History for remonstrate
v.

1590s, "make plain," back-formation from remonstration, or else from Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare "to demonstrate" (see remonstrance). Meaning "to exhibit or present strong reasons against" is from 1690s. Related: Remonstrated; remonstrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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