fulminate

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin fulminātus, past participle of fulminō (lighten, hurl or strike with lightning), from fulmen (lightning which strikes and sets on fire, thunderbolt), from earlier *fulgmen, *fulgimen, from fulgō, fulgeō (flash, lighten). More at fulgent.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Particularly: "UK"

Verb[edit]

fulminate (third-person singular simple present fulminates, present participle fulminating, simple past and past participle fulminated)

  1. (intransitive, figuratively) To make a verbal attack.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To issue as a denunciation.
    • De Quincey
      They fulminated the most hostile of all decrees.
  3. (now rare) To strike with lightning; to cause to explode.
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, p. 235:
      the present owners couldn't afford the electric bills anymore, several amateur gaffers, sad to say, having already been fulminated trying to bootleg power in off the municipal lines.

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Noun[edit]

fulminate (plural fulminates)

  1. (chemistry) Any salt or ester of fulminic acid, mostly explosive.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 193:
      On 19 February a jubilant Bigeard announced that his 3rd R.P.C. had seized eighty-seven bombs, seventy kilos of explosive, 5,120 fulminate of mercury detonators, 309 electric detonators, etc.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

fulminate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of fulminare
  2. second-person plural imperative of fulminare
  3. feminine plural of fulminato

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fulmināte

  1. vocative masculine singular of fulminātus