objurgate

[ ob-jer-geyt, uhb-jur-geyt ]
/ ˈɒb dʒərˌgeɪt, əbˈdʒɜr geɪt /

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

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM objurgate

ob·jur·ga·tion, nounob·jur·ga·tor, nounob·jur·ga·to·ri·ly [uhb-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

objurgate
/ (ˈɒbdʒəˌɡeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to scold or reprimand

Derived forms of objurgate

objurgation, 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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