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fulminate

[ fuhl-muh-neyt ]
/ ˈfʌl məˌneɪt /
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verb (used without object), ful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing.

to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.

verb (used with object), ful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing.

to cause to explode.
to issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation, or the like.

noun

one of a group of unstable, explosive compounds derived from fulminic acid, especially the mercury salt of fulminic acid, which is a powerful detonating agent.

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Origin of fulminate

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English fulminaten <Latin fulminātus, past participle of fulmināre “to hurl thunderbolts, thunder,” equivalent to fulmin-, stem of fulmen “thunderbolt, lightning” + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for fulminate

fulminate
/ (ˈfʌlmɪˌneɪt, ˈfʊl-) /

verb

(intr often foll by against) to make criticisms or denunciations; rail
to explode with noise and violence
(intr) archaic to thunder and lighten

noun

any salt or ester of fulminic acid, esp the mercury salt, which is used as a detonator

Derived forms of fulminate

fulmination, nounfulminator, nounfulminatory, adjective

Word Origin for fulminate

C15: from Medieval Latin fulmināre; see fulminant
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