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Oct 14, 2016
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Verbs

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confute
propine
flocculate
absolve
objurgate

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objurgate

PRONUNCIATION:
(OB-juhr-gayt)

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.

USAGE:
“Occasionally he objurgated Mr. Ledbetter’s clumsiness, and urged him to hurry.”
H.G. Wells; Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation; The Strand Magazine (London, UK); Jul-Dec 1898.

See more usage examples of objurgate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (14 Oct 1880-1949)

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