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[ob-jer-geyt, uh b-jur-geyt]
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verb (used with object), ob·jur·gat·ed, ob·jur·gat·ing.
  1. 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
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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Related Words for objurgation

condemnation, admonition, censure, disapproval, snub, reproach, punishment, rebuff, criticism, repulse, reprehension, correction, ostracism, castigation, rap, affliction, put-down, lesson, row, going-over

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Historical Examples of objurgation

  • You think, perhaps, I shall pursue you with objurgation or entreaty.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845


  • He is fluent in oath and objurgation, cursing like an inmate of the pit.


    David Christie Murray

  • To fill the world and the street with lamentation, objurgation?

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • The emperor was not to be left behind in the race of objurgation.

  • He was the center of a fire of argument and objurgation he could not resist.

    Cox--The Man

    Roger W. Babson

British Dictionary definitions for objurgation


  1. (tr) to scold or reprimand
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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 objurgation


1540s, from Latin obiurgationem (nominative obiurgatio) "a chiding, reproving, reproof," noun of action from past participle stem of obiurgare (see objurgate).

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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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