Sunday, March 14, 2010
fulminate intransitive verb [FUL-muh-nayt] To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
Definitions for fulminate
- To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
- To explode; to detonate.
- To utter or send out with denunciations or censures.
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Citations for fulminate
This mass culture--global, immediate, accessible, buoyant, with shared heroes, models, and goals--is immensely intoxicating. Ayatollahs fulminate against it; dictators censor it; mandarins try to slam the door on it.
He lets others fulminate on his behalf while he maintains his gentlemanly demeanor.
Origin of fulminate
late Middle English
Fulminate comes from Latin fulminare, "to strike with lightning," from fulmen, fulmin-, "a thunderbolt."