[ob-jer-geyt, uh b-jur-geyt]

verb (used with object), ob·jur·gat·ed, ob·jur·gat·ing.

to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.

Nearby words

  1. objet,
  2. objet d'art,
  3. objet de vertu,
  4. objet trouvé,
  5. objure,
  6. objurgation,
  7. obl.,
  8. oblanceolate,
  9. oblast,
  10. oblate

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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British Dictionary definitions for objurgate



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

Word Origin for objurgate

C17: from Latin objurgāre, from ob- against + jurgāre to scold

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Word Origin and History for objurgate



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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