ob·​jur·​ga·​tion | \ˌäb-jər-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of objurgation 

: a harsh rebuke

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Other Words from objurgation

objurgate \ˈäb-​jər-​ˌgāt \ transitive verb
objurgatory \əb-​ˈjər-​gə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

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Objurgation traces to Latin objurgare ("to scold or blame"), which was formed from "ob-" ("against") and "jurgare" ("to quarrel" or, literally, "to take to law" - in other words, "to bring a lawsuit"). "Jur-" in Latin means law, and there are several English words related to "objurgation" that have legal implications, including "perjury," "abjure," "jurisprudence," and even "injury." But despite its etymological connection to the law, the word objurgation carries no legal weight. It refers to nothing more than an unusually harsh or severe scolding.

Examples of objurgation in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of objurgation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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