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fulminate

[fuhl-muh-neyt] /ˈfʌl məˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), fulminated, fulminating.
1.
to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
2.
to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against):
The minister fulminated against legalized vice.
verb (used with object), fulminated, fulminating.
3.
to cause to explode.
4.
to issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation, or the like.
noun
5.
one of a group of unstable, explosive compounds derived from fulminic acid, especially the mercury salt of fulminic acid, which is a powerful detonating agent.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English fulminaten < Latin fulminātus (past participle of fulmināre) thundered, equivalent to fulmin- (stem of fulmen) thunderbolt, lightning + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
fulminator, noun
fulminatory
[fuhl-muh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈfʌl mə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonfulminating, adjective
unfulminated, adjective
unfulminating, adjective
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  • Politicians fulminate about double standards and anti-Semitism.
  • The only mechanical positioning came from the pressure of the powder charge against the fulminate.
British Dictionary definitions for fulminate

fulminate

/ˈfʌlmɪˌneɪt; ˈfʊl-/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by against. to make criticisms or denunciations; rail
2.
to explode with noise and violence
3.
(intransitive) (archaic) to thunder and lighten
noun
4.
any salt or ester of fulminic acid, esp the mercury salt, which is used as a detonator
Derived Forms
fulmination, noun
fulminator, noun
fulminatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin fulmināre; see fulminant
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Word Origin and History for fulminate
v.

early 15c., "publish a 'thundering' denunciation," from Latin fulminatus, past participle of fulminare "hurl lightning, lighten," from fulmen (genitive fulminis) "lightning flash," related to fulgere "to shine, flash," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Metaphoric sense (the original sense in English) is via its use in reference to a formal ecclesiastical censure. Related: Fulminated; fulminating.

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