expostulation

noun

ex·​pos·​tu·​la·​tion ik-ˌspäs-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce expostulation (audio)
: an act or an instance of expostulating
expostulatory adjective

Example Sentences

despite the earnest expostulations of her friends, Jessica continued to date the foul-tempered guy
Recent Examples on the Web The pages of No More are composed of gnomic iterations, fragments of thought or expostulation, and dialogue with her devoted partner Yann Andréa, who compiled No More in the penultimate year of her life. Sasha Frere-jones, Harper’s Magazine , 9 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expostulation was in 1540

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“Expostulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expostulation. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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