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Word of the Day
Sunday, March 26, 2000

Definitions for fulminate

  1. To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
  2. To explode; to detonate.
  3. To utter or send out with denunciations or censures.

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Citations for fulminate
This mass culture--global, immediate, accessible, buoyant, with shared heroes, models, and goals--is immensely intoxicating. Ayatollahs fulminate against it; dictators censor it; mandarins try to slam the door on it. Lawrence M. Friedman, The Horizontal Society
He lets others fulminate on his behalf while he maintains his gentlemanly demeanor. Richard Sandomir, New York Times
Origin of fulminate
late Middle English
Fulminate comes from Latin fulminare, "to strike with lightning," from fulmen, fulmin-, "a thunderbolt."