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fulmination

[fuhl-muh-ney-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a violent denunciation or censure: a sermon that was one long fulmination.
  2. violent explosion.
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Origin of fulmination

1495–1505; < Latin fulminātiōn- (stem of fulminātiō) a thundering, fuming. See fulminate, -ion
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Examples from the Web for fulmination

Historical Examples

  • Lady Lindores received this fulmination with comparative silence.

    The Ladies Lindores, Vol. 3(of 3)

    Margaret Oliphant

  • It loses all control except the fulmination of useless orders.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • The missionaries were well received at first, but a fulmination from Goa incited the people to rebellion.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • To judge by the absolute indifference with which this fulmination was received, the criminals must have been hardened indeed.

    Froth

    Armando Palacio Valds

  • Moreover, there is no comparison, as to the effects, between the decrepitation of Sea-salt and the fulmination of Gold.


Word Origin and History for fulmination

n.

c.1500, from Middle French fulmination, from Latin fulminationem (nominative fulminatio) "discharge of lightning," noun of action from past participle stem of fulminare (see fulminate).

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