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expostulation

[ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuh n] /ɪkˌspɒs tʃəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of expostulating; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest:
In spite of my expostulations, he insisted on driving me home.
2.
an expostulatory remark or address.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin expostulātiōn- (stem of expostulātiō) complaint. See expostulate, -ion
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  • But because the author had a weighty thesis to propound and did so in long expostulation, the picture often sags in the telling.
Word Origin and History for expostulation
n.

1580s, from Latin expostulationem (nominative expostulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expostulare (see expostulate).

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