fulmination

[fuhl-muh-ney-shuhn]
noun
1.
a violent denunciation or censure: a sermon that was one long fulmination.
2.
violent explosion.

Origin:
1495–1505; < Latin fulminātiōn- (stem of fulminātiō) a thundering, fuming. See fulminate, -ion

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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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fulmination
c.1500, from M.Fr. fulmination, from L. fulminationem (nom. fulminatio) "discharge of lightning," from fulminare (see fulminate).
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Example sentences
If disturbance came from the gallery, how promptly he launched his fulmination.
If disturbance came from the gallery how promptly he launched his fulmination.
He also started our long fulmination about small grains.
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