tonitruate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the past participle stem of Latin tonitruare ‘to thunder’, from tonitrus ‘thunder’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /təˈnɪtrʊeɪt/

Verb[edit]

tonitruate (third-person singular simple present tonitruates, present participle tonitruating, simple past and past participle tonitruated)

  1. (rare, intransitive) to thunder
    • 1980: Stertile thunder tonitruated terribly. ‘Oh Lord forgive us our bloody sins.’ Rain now pelted. It was hard work finding a taxi. — Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers