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fulminate

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verb ful·mi·nate \-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of fulminate

  • : to complain loudly or angrily

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fulminate

fulminated

fulminating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to utter or send out with denunciation <fulminate a decree>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to send forth censures or invectives

fulmination

play \ˌfu̇l-mə-ˈnā-shən, ˌfəl-\ noun

Examples of fulminate in a sentence

  1. She was fulminating about the dangers of smoking.

  2. The editorial fulminated against the proposed tax increase.



Did You Know?

Lightning strikes more than once in the history of "fulminate." That word comes from the Latin fulminare, meaning "to strike," a verb usually used to refer to lightning strikes - not surprising since it sprang from "fulmen," Latin for lightning. When "fulminate" was adopted into English in the 15th century, it lost much of its ancestral thunder and was used largely as a technical term for the issuing of formal denunciations by ecclesiastical authorities. But its original lightning spark remains in its suggestion of tirades so vigorous that, as one 18th-century bishop put it, they seem to be delivered "with the air of one who [has] divine Vengeance at his disposal."

Origin and Etymology of fulminate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin fulminatus, past participle of fulminare, from Latin, to strike (of lightning), from fulmin-, fulmen lightning; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black


First Known Use: 15th century


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fulminate

noun ful·mi·nate

Definition of fulminate

  1. :  an often explosive salt (as mercury fulminate) containing the group −CNO



Origin and Etymology of fulminate

fulminic acid, from Latin fulmin-, fulmen


First Known Use: 1826

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