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objurgation

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noun ob·jur·ga·tion \ˌäb-jər-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of objurgation

  1. :  a harsh rebuke

ob·jur·gate play \ˈäb-jər-ˌgāt\ transitive verb
ob·jur·ga·to·ry play \əb-ˈjər-gə-ˌtȯr-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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