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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
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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  • It is so good, in fact, that one cannot refrain from remonstrating against its shortcomings.
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  • His lather was branding by at the time and remonstrating with him for his cruelty te the beast that was cringing under the lash.
British Dictionary definitions for remonstrating

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 remonstrating

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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