expostulate

[ ik-spos-chuh-leyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF expostulate

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPOSTULATE

The man continued to address, to expostulate, to pray, to soothe.

Babalatchi was angry and tried to expostulate, but he gave him a good shaking.

The priest tries to expostulate with the half-drunken fellow.

So the lady chose to think it her duty to expostulate with Hugh on the subject.

Alonzo looked anxious, but there was no time to expostulate.

Once, when Ukridge and I were alone, I ventured to expostulate.

James saw the look of pain in the man's face, and ventured to expostulate.

He was over the edge before Myra could open her lips to expostulate.

He could expostulate with her afterward, and withdraw his promise.

He is one will fight first, and then expostulate, condemn first, and then examine.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "to demand, to claim," from Latin expostulatus, past participle of expostulare "to demand urgently, remonstrate," from ex- "from" (see ex-) + postulare "to demand" (see postulate). Friendlier sense is first recorded in English 1570s. Related: Expostulated; expostulating.

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