Word of the Day Archive
Monday July 30, 2001
remonstrate \rih-MAHN-strayt; REH-mun-strayt\ , intransitive verb:
1. To present and urge reasons in opposition to an act, measure, or any course of proceedings -- usually used with 'with'.
1. To say or plead in protest, opposition, or reproof.
If a hailstorm starts, surely instead of remonstrating with it, you try to take shelter.
-- Victor Pelevin, A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories
When things went beyond the control of her forceful personality, inventiveness or charm, if the problem was something she could not alter or manipulate, she didn't pine or remonstrate, she merely buried what was threatening or damaging to her sense of worth.
-- Colin Thubron, "Sophisticated Traveler", New York Times, October 10, 1999
Tories and Liberal Democrats remonstrated with each other.
-- Matthew Parris, "Cockney market forces drive Ginger bananas", Times (London), May 16, 2001
Remonstrate comes from Medieval Latin remonstrare, "to show again, to point back to, as a fault," from re- + monstrare, "to show."