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[ob-jer-geyt, uh b-jur-geyt] /ˈɒb dʒərˌgeɪt, əbˈdʒɜr geɪt/
verb (used with object), objurgated, objurgating.
to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
Origin of objurgate
1610-20; < Latin objūrgātus, past participle of objūrgāre to rebuke, equivalent to ob- ob- + jūrgāre, jurigāre to rebuke, equivalent to jūr- (stem of jūs) law + -ig-, combining form of agere to drive, do + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
objurgation, noun
objurgator, noun
[uh b-jur-guh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /əbˈdʒɜr gəˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
objurgatively, adverb
objurgatory, objurgative, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for objurgate


(transitive) to scold or reprimand
Derived Forms
objurgation, noun
objurgator, noun
objurgatory (ɒbˈdʒɜːɡətərɪ; -trɪ), objurgative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin objurgāre, from ob- against + jurgāre to scold
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Contemporary definitions for objurgate

to express strong disapproval; to criticize severely

Word Origin

Latin objurgare 'to rebuke''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for objurgate

1610s, from Latin obiurgatus, past participle of obiurgare "to chide, rebuke," from ob- (see ob-) + iurgare "to quarrel, scold," from phrase iure agere "to deal in a lawsuit," from ablative of ius "right; law; suit" (see just (adj.)) + agere "to do, act, set in motion" (see act (n.)). Related: Objurgatory.

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