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From Latin obiūrgō.


objurgation (plural objurgations)

  1. (uncommon) A strong rebuke or scolding.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, chapter XIV, in Ivanhoe; a Romance. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), Edinburgh: [] Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. [], →OCLC:
      Nevertheless, spite of this imperial objurgation, the short cloaks continued in fashion down to the time of which we treat, and particularly among the princes of the House of Anjou.
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 59, in The History of Pendennis. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
      The tipsy drivers dashed gallantly over the turf, amidst the admiration of foot-passengers, the ironical cheers of the little donkey-carriages and spring vans, and the loud objurgations of horse-and-chaise men, with whom the reckless post-boys came in contact.
    • 1910 January 12, Ameen Rihani, “Subtranscendental”, in The Book of Khalid, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published October 1911, →OCLC, 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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objurgation f (plural objurgations)

  1. objurgation

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