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fulmination

[fuhl-muh-ney-shuh n] /ˌfʌl məˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a violent denunciation or censure:
a sermon that was one long fulmination.
2.
violent explosion.
Origin of fulmination
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Latin fulminātiōn- (stem of fulminātiō) a thundering, fuming. See fulminate, -ion
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  • Despite this fulmination of fury, the worthy bishop continued to use his threatened head in the service of mercy and sympathy.

  • It loses all control except the fulmination of useless orders.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • During this fulmination, Holland stood very quiet, and when he was about to depart, he begged permission to speak a few words.

  • The missionaries were well received at first, but a fulmination from Goa incited the people to rebellion.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • Here was indeed a fulmination to strike an Englishman breathless and dumb with amazement.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • To judge by the absolute indifference with which this fulmination was received, the criminals must have been hardened indeed.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • But the names are too petty for what is not less than the fulmination of an element.

  • Moreover, there is no comparison, as to the effects, between the decrepitation of Sea-salt and the fulmination of Gold.

  • The reason why these substances deprive the Gold of its fulminating quality, depends on the causes that produce the fulmination.

  • Miss Sheridan, apparently for mere exclamatory purposes, now reread the fulmination of the absent partner.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.
Word Origin and History for fulmination
n.

c.1500, from Middle French fulmination, from Latin fulminationem (nominative fulminatio) "discharge of lightning," noun of action from past participle stem of fulminare (see fulminate).

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