objurgation

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From Latin obiūrgō

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objurgation (plural objurgations)

  1. (rare) A strong rebuke or scolding.
    • 1910 January 12, Ameen Rihani, “Subtranscendental”, in The Book of Khalid, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published October 1911, OCLC 6412012, book the second (In the Temple), page 116:
      And what mean these outbursts and objurgations of his, you will ask; these suggestions, furtive, rhapsodical, mystical; this furibund allegro about Money, Mediums, and Bohemia; [...]
    • 1921, The Latter-Day Saints’ Millennial Star, volume 83, page 660:
      Wild man Murphy, said, "that the people of the 'Mormon' Church did not regard the objurgation of 'damn' as swearing, but only as common-place slang."
    • 1957, Lawrence Durrell, Justine:
      Unknown fronds of trees arched over him, brushing his face, while cobbles punctuated the rubber wheels of some dark ambulance full of metal and other dark bodies, whose talk was of limbo — a repulsive yelping streaked with Arabic objurgations.

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