from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To scold or rebuke sharply; berate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rebuke or scold strongly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To chide; to reprove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chide; reprove.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express strong disapproval of
  • v. censure severely


Latin obiūrgāre, obiūrgāt- : ob-, against; see ob- + iūrgāre, to scold, sue at law (probably iūs, iūr-, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots + agere, to do, proceed; see ag- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Meanwhile I'll huff and objurgate with awe-inducing fallacy

    Archive 2006-10-29

  • It would be my advice to persons situated in this way, to not roll or thrash around, because this excites the interest of all the different sorts of animals and makes every last one of them want to turn out and see what is going on, and this makes things worse than they were before, and of course makes you objurgate harder, too, if you can.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • It is customary to objurgate Thackeray as too moral.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • Four of his fellow-passengers followed, inspired by his example, ready to explore, to objurgate, to resist, to submit, to proceed, according as their prime factor might be inclined to sway them.

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • Why, then, make an exalted virtue of the necessity which drives us, and objurgate the poor black man because he prefers present ease to a doubtful prospective retirement on a competency?

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • He was about to objurgate, but affirmatived her motion to ring the bell for the servants, and addressed Peterborough: 'You read

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Complete

  • He was about to objurgate, but affirmatived her motion to ring the bell for the servants, and addressed Peterborough: 'You read 'em abroad every morning?'

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Volume 5

  • This poor Legislative, spurred and stung into action by a whole France and a whole Europe, cannot act; can only objurgate and perorate; with stormy 'motions,' and motion in which is no way: with effervescence, with noise and fuliginous fury!

    The French Revolution

  • Yet she loved him too well to objurgate where she was only as yet suspicious; and in the quietness of the hour, she fell for a moment into her widowed habit of speaking as if none were present but herself.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXII


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  • I objurgate the centipede,
    A bug we do not really need.
    At sleepy-time he beats a path
    Straight to the bedroom or the bath.
    You always wallop where he's not,
    And if you do, he leaves a spot.

    -- Ogden Nash

    August 21, 2008