objurgation


ob·jur·ga·tion

noun \ˌäb-jər-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of OBJURGATION

:  a harsh rebuke
ob·jur·gate \ˈäb-jər-ˌgāt\ transitive verb
ob·jur·ga·to·ry \əb-ˈjər-gə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

Examples of OBJURGATION

  1. <particularly humiliating for the general was the White House's objurgation of his misguided and unauthorized attempt at enunciating foreign policy>

Origin of OBJURGATION

Middle English objurgacyon, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French objurgation, from Latin objurgation-, objurgatio, from objurgare to scold, blame, from ob- against + jurgare to quarrel, literally, to take to law, from jur-, jus law + -igare (from agere to lead) — more at ob-, just, agent
First Known Use: 15th century

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