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

Examples of remonstrate in a Sentence

He got angry when I politely remonstrated with him about littering.

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Seeking to launch a final attack down the wing, Turan felt the assistant referee's decision had gone against him and marched up to the official, remonstrating in his face and then shoving him firmly back with both hands. Afp,, "Turkish federation bans Turan 16 games for attacking referee," 10 May 2018 Whilst their country's footballing representatives were remonstrating, their footballing emissary, Prince Fahid, displayed his own disproval with frenetic gesticulation from the stands., "World Cup Countdown: 9 Weeks to Go - Prince Fahid's Stunning Intervention for Kuwait Against France," 22 Apr. 2018 Iran coach Carlos Queiroz remonstrated angrily with the officials as Saman Ghoddos appeared to be impeded by William Carvalho inside the area. Chicago Tribune,, "Portugal concede late penalty as Uruguay await in last 16," 25 June 2018 Just under half of those polled have been in an argument with someone in the car due to their interfering comments, and an unfortunate five percent have accidentally jumped a red light while remonstrating with an annoying passenger. Fox News, "20 reasons why you may be a backseat driver," 7 June 2018 Freiburg coach Christian Streich had to be restrained from remonstrating with the ref as he too was sent off. Kit Holden,, "Bundesliga Recap: Schalke victory delays Bayern title win despite Dortmund rout," 31 Mar. 2018 After angrily remonstrating at Oliver's decision to award a penalty against Juventus in the dying stages of the game, Buffon was shown a red card., "Juventus Coach Max Allegri Defends Buffon as 'an Example for 20 Years' After Referee Outburst," 14 Apr. 2018 The former Juventus star was shown a yellow card for remonstrating with the referee against Sassuolo and has now been handed a suspension for totting up too many cautions this season., "AC Milan Defender Ruled Out of Napoli Clash & Set for Tests Following Thigh Injury," 11 Apr. 2018 Lyon top scorer Nabil Fekir remonstrated angrily with the officials after his claims for a second-half penalty were turned down. USA TODAY, "Lyon slips further behind after 2-0 home defeat to Rennes," 11 Feb. 2018

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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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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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