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  • n. strong rebuke; strong scolding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of objurgating; reproof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of objurgating, or chiding by way of censure; reproof; reprehension.

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

  • n. rebuking a person harshly


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  • Henry propped himself up on an elbow and looked to see his comrade standing among the dogs beside the replenished fire, his arms raised in objurgation, his face distorted with passion.

    The She-Wolf

  • And she had been divided between objurgation of the stupid, heavy-sleeping butler and doubt if the bell were in order.

    To Kill a Man

  • Obama's policies are certainly worthy of objurgation, especially his grievous misjudgment at the end of 2009 to cast an additional 30,000 troops into the Afghan abyss in support of a failing counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy.

    Michael Hughes: Bush Created A No-Win Situation in Afghanistan for Obama

  • Elspat, disdaining to continue the objurgation, or perhaps feeling her grief likely to overmaster her power of expressing her resentment, had left the hut, and was walking forth in the bright moonshine.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • “Ass and mule thyself, Hauptman,” said the Swiss, in answer to this objurgation.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Mr. The Englishman had got as far into his usual objurgation as,

    Somebody's Luggage

  • The objurgation of David Deans, however well meant, was unhappily timed.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • While the good lady was bestowing this objurgation on Mr. Ben Allen,

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • While I trembled lest the thunders of their wrath might dissolve in showers like that of Xantippe, Mrs. Flyter herself awoke, and began, in a tone of objurgation not unbecoming the philosophical spouse of Socrates, to scold one or two loiterers in her kitchen, for not hastening to the door to prevent a repetition of my noisy summons.

    Rob Roy

  • Growling an objurgation in her ear, he snatched her up under his free arm and swept her, in a flutter of limply waving arms and legs, across the arch and into the aperture that opened at the other end.

    The Conquering Sword Of Conan


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  • He hurled objurgations, in the Canton dialect and bad Malay, against the group of slave-girls standing a little way off, half frightened, half amused, at his violence.

    - Conrad, Almayer's Folly, ch. 9

    October 18, 2008

  • "...the frightful din of the early morning, oaths such as he had never heard, objurgations..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Truelove, 177

    March 11, 2008

  • " Unhappy woman she has been too long and too persistently denied her legitimate prerogative to listen to his objurgations with any other feeling than the derision of the desperate."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 20, 2007