fulminate against

fulminate

[fuhl-muh-neyt]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English fulminaten < Latin fulminātus (past participle of fulmināre) thundered, equivalent to fulmin- (stem of fulmen) thunderbolt, lightning + -ātus -ate1

fulminator, noun
fulminatory [fuhl-muh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
nonfulminating, adjective
unfulminated, adjective
unfulminating, adjective
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fulminate (ˈfʌlmɪˌneɪt, ˈfʊl-)
 
vb (often foll by against)
1.  to make criticisms or denunciations; rail
2.  to explode with noise and violence
3.  archaic (intr) to thunder and lighten
 
n
4.  any salt or ester of fulminic acid, esp the mercury salt, which is used as a detonator
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin fulmināre; see fulminant]
 
fulmi'nation
 
n
 
'fulminator
 
n
 
'fulminatory
 
adj

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fulminate
mid-15c., "publish a 'thundering' denunciation," from L. fulminatus, pp. of fulminare "hurl lightning, lighten," from fulmen (gen. fulminis) "lightning," related to fulgere "to shine, flash," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see
bleach). 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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