expostulation

[ ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF expostulation
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPOSTULATION

Finding his struggles useless, he resorted to expostulation.

I will hear no pleas, I will receive no letter, nor expostulation.

There was no touch of expostulation in the voice with which she answered him.

For three days they besieged Ivan with expostulation, incredulity, persuasion.

He wasted few words in inquiry, still fewer in expostulation.

It is a sort of expostulation with the Duke, but mildly and sensibly expressed.

“Not of refusal or expostulation—that time is gone by,” said her stern censurer.

The voices of men, one in entreaty, one in expostulation, came from the box.

Amlie shuddered at his vehemence, but she knew how useless was expostulation.

Perhaps this expostulation with one of their witnesses, awakened their suspicions.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Latin expostulationem (nominative expostulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expostulare (see expostulate).

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