remonstrate

[ ri-mon-streyt ]
/ rɪˈmɒn streɪt /

verb (used with object), re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.

to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
Obsolete. to show.

verb (used without object), re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.

to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.

Nearby words

  1. remolade,
  2. remonetize,
  3. remonstrance,
  4. remonstrant,
  5. remonstrants,
  6. remonstration,
  7. remonstrative,
  8. remontant,
  9. remontoir,
  10. remora

Origin of remonstrate

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin remōnstrātus (past participle of remōnstrāre to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for remonstrate

remonstrate

/ (ˈrɛmənˌstreɪt) /

verb (intr)

(usually foll by with, against, etc) to argue in protest or objectionto remonstrate with the government
archaic to show or point out
Derived Formsremonstration, nounremonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv), adjectiveremonstrator, noun

Word Origin for remonstrate

C16: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show

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Word Origin and History for remonstrate

remonstrate

v.

1590s, "make plain," back-formation from remonstration, or else from Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare "to demonstrate" (see remonstrance). Meaning "to exhibit or present strong reasons against" is from 1690s. Related: Remonstrated; remonstrating.

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