- to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
Origin of objurgate
Related Words for objurgationcondemnation, admonition, censure, disapproval, snub, reproach, punishment, rebuff, criticism, repulse, reprehension, correction, ostracism, castigation, rap, affliction, put-down, lesson, row, going-over
Examples from the Web for objurgation
Historical Examples of objurgation
You think, perhaps, I shall pursue you with objurgation or entreaty.
He is fluent in oath and objurgation, cursing like an inmate of the pit.Recollections
David Christie Murray
To fill the world and the street with lamentation, objurgation?Past and Present
The emperor was not to be left behind in the race of objurgation.The Eighteen Christian Centuries
He was the center of a fire of argument and objurgation he could not resist.Cox--The Man
Roger W. Babson
- (tr) to scold or reprimand
Word Origin for objurgate
1540s, from Latin obiurgationem (nominative obiurgatio) "a chiding, reproving, reproof," noun of action from past participle stem of obiurgare (see 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.