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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Definitions for fulminate

  1. to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.
  2. to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
  3. to cause to explode.

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Citations for fulminate
Not a day passed when he did not fulminate against Batista (That ox! That peasant!) or Castro ... Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007
But I need enemies, I'm really no good without someone to fulminate against, and there weren't that many people in Cartersfield who were worth fulminating against. Julian Mitchell, A Disturbing Influence, 1962
Origin of fulminate
late Middle English
Fulminate is formed from fulminat-, the stem of fulminātus, the past participle of the Latin verb fulmināre “to hurl thunderbolts, thunder.” The classical Latin forms keep close to the literal sense, sometimes adding a sense “to blast with lightning.” The new senses “to issue denunciations, formally condemn; to thunder threats; to excommunicate” arise and become frequent in English in the 12th century. The chemical sense originated in French in the 19th century.