MEANING: verb tr.: To scold severely.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin objurgare (to scold), from ob- (against) + jurgare/jurigare (to quarrel, to scold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yewes- (law), which is also the source of jury, judge, just, injury, perjury, conjure, adjure and de jure. Earliest documented use: 1616.


OBDURGATE - stubbornly denying that there is a scandal ("Nothing happened")

ABJURGATE - ...and disavowing it entirely, too (..."and I didn't do it, either")

O.B.JURYGATE - special entrance for the panel at a malpractice trial