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remonstrate

[ri-mon-streyt] /rɪˈmɒn streɪt/
verb (used with object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
1.
to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
2.
Obsolete. to show.
verb (used without object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
3.
to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
Origin of remonstrate
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin remōnstrātus (past participle of remōnstrāre to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
remonstratingly, adverb
remonstration
[ree-mon-strey-shuh n, rem-uh n-] /ˌri mɒnˈstreɪ ʃən, ˌrɛm ən-/ (Show IPA),
noun
remonstrative
[ri-mon-struh-tiv] /rɪˈmɒn strə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
remonstratively, adverb
remonstrator
[ri-mon-strey-ter] /rɪˈmɒn streɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
unremonstrated, adjective
unremonstrating, adjective
unremonstrative, adjective
Synonyms
3. argue, object, expostulate.
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  • They will expostulate, they will remonstrate, but they will not go to war with their own Colonies.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • If we send a lawyer and statesman to remonstrate, he is driven out.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • He gave him a magnificent Latin certificate, and enjoined silence on the abb de Frilair, who was venturing to remonstrate.

  • I was going to remonstrate; but he silenced me by pouring them into my trowsers' pockets.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Against this unprecedented breach of privilege parliament sent a deputation humbly to remonstrate; but all to no purpose.

  • Poor Jemimarann only sighed: she knew it was of no use to remonstrate.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And since then the majority of the people began to remonstrate against the imprisonment of the governor.

  • I found it idle to remonstrate with the king about the indolence of his subjects.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • He is too great a favourite with my husband in other respects, for me to remonstrate with him in any other than this distant way.

British Dictionary definitions for remonstrate

remonstrate

/ˈrɛmənˌstreɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
usually foll by with, against, etc. to argue in protest or objection: to remonstrate with the government
2.
(archaic) to show or point out
Derived Forms
remonstration, noun
remonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) adjective
remonstrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show
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Word Origin and History for remonstrate
v.

1590s, "make plain," back-formation from remonstration, or else from Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare "to demonstrate" (see remonstrance). Meaning "to exhibit or present strong reasons against" is from 1690s. Related: Remonstrated; remonstrating.

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