re·​mon·​strate | \ ˈre-mən-ˌstrāt How to pronounce remonstrate (audio) , ri-ˈmän- \
remonstrated; remonstrating

Definition of remonstrate

intransitive verb

: to present and urge reasons in opposition : expostulate usually used with with

transitive verb

: to say or plead in protest, reproof, or opposition

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Other Words from remonstrate

remonstration \ ˌre-​mən-​ˈstrā-​shən How to pronounce remonstrate (audio) , ri-​ˌmän-​ \ noun
remonstrative \ ri-​ˈmän(t)-​strə-​tiv How to pronounce remonstrate (audio) \ adjective
remonstratively adverb
remonstrator \ ˈre-​mən-​ˌstrā-​tər How to pronounce remonstrate (audio) , ri-​ˈmän-​ \ noun

Examples of remonstrate in a Sentence

He got angry when I politely remonstrated with him about littering.
Recent Examples on the Web Referee Christian Dingert stopped the game as a result of the banner, which led to Bayern's players and manager Hansi Flick running to remonstrate with the supporters and implore them to remove the banner. Ben Morse, CNN, "Top German clubs play out bizarre conclusion to game over fans' offensive banner," 29 Feb. 2020 Thomas Tuchel kept his side in the dressing room for a prolonged team-talk, presumably to remonstrate with them for a poor first half display., "PSG 1-1 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Nerazzurri Claim Win Over Ligue 1 Giants on Penalties," 27 July 2019 Western governments have remonstrated, to no avail. The Economist, "Knowledge of China’s gulag owes much to American-backed radio," 24 Oct. 2019 Silva, who remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle, oversaw the spending of more than 100 million pounds ($120 million) on new signings in the offseason to continue Everton’s unprecedented outlay over the past three years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Silva jeered as Everton loses 4th straight league game," 5 Oct. 2019 Wallabies captain Michael Hooper openly remonstrated with referee Romain Poite over the award and to increase Australian anger Patchell slotted over the penalty to stretch the Welsh lead to 16-8. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Rugby World Cup: Wales edges Wallabies in Pool D thriller," 29 Sep. 2019 After being substituted by Jurgen Klopp in the second half, Mane proceeded to shout angrily at the bench, with his teammates needing to console him after furiously remonstrating on the sidelines., "Sadio Mane Opens Up on Mohamed Salah Fall Out & Reveals Whether They Settled Differences," 15 Sep. 2019 When a magazine called him a billionaire a few years ago, Mr Dürr rang the editor to remonstrate. The Economist, "Germany’s business barons are finding it harder to keep a low profile," 15 June 2019 Kathi Pickett, a healing-touch practitioner, remonstrated. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "How GroundSea Fitness Is Bringing West-Coast Wellness Trends Back to the Berkshires," 17 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of remonstrate

1615, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for remonstrate

Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare to demonstrate, from Latin re- + monstrare to show — more at muster

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“Remonstrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of remonstrate

formal : to disagree and argue or complain about something


re·​mon·​strate | \ ˈre-mən-ˌstrāt How to pronounce remonstrate (audio) , ri-ˈmän- \
remonstrated; remonstrating

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