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Jan 18, 2011
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intromit
remonstrate
execrate
betide
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remonstrate

PRONUNCIATION:
(ri-MON-strayt, REM-uhn-)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To reason or plead in protest.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin remonstrare (to exhibit, demonstrate), from re- + monstrare (to show). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (to think), which is the source of mind, mnemonic, mosaic, music, mentor, money, mandarin, and mantra. Earliest documented use: 1601.

USAGE:
"Ricky Ponting felt the need to remonstrate with the vigour of an innocent man sentenced to the electric chair."
Andrew Webster; Captain on His Knees as Tourists Gloat; The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia); Dec 28, 2010.

See more usage examples of remonstrate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

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