expostulate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v expostulate reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Expostulate To discuss; to examine. "To expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is."
    • v. i Expostulate To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of his conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and urging him to make redress or to desist; to remonstrate; -- followed by with. "Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expostulate To reason earnestly with a person against something that he intends to do or has done: followed by with before the person, by upon or on before the thing.
    • expostulate Synonyms Expostulate with, Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand, etc. See censure, and list under remonstrate.
    • expostulate To discuss; examine into; reason about.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Expostulate eks-post′ū-lāt to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of his conduct: to remonstrate: :
    • v.i Expostulate eks-post′ū-lāt (Shak.) to discuss
    • v.i Expostulate eks-post′ū-lāt (Milt.) to claim
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expostulatus, p. p. of expostulare, to demand vehemently; ex, out + postulare, to ask, require. See Postulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expostulāre, -ātumex, inten., postulāre, to demand.

Usage

In literature:

In vain they soothed, expostulated with, and endeavoured to mollify St. Just, so as to avert an open rupture.
"A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part III., 1794" by An English Lady
In vain they soothed, expostulated with, and endeavoured to mollify St. Just, so as to avert an open rupture.
"A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete" by An English Lady
After the above melancholy Narration, it may perhaps be a Relief to the Reader to peruse the following Expostulation.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Expostulations were of no avail.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
When they told him, he expostulated with tears in his eyes.
"The Gringos" by B. M. Bower
She stuck to me; and gave me, as I told thee, a good deal of uneasiness, by her sensible and serious expostulations.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
The man expostulated, not in anger but appealingly.
"Abroad with the Jimmies" by Lilian Bell
I supposed that there was no use expostulating with a man who so firmly believed in the peculiar doctrines of his philosophy.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Had it been ten years she might have expostulated.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
The master at first expostulated, and then gave Myndert a good thrashing.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
With lost men he reasoned, expostulated, entreated, until it seemed that the whole audience was moving towards the Altar.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
Before he could explain or expostulate Mr. Moody came to his assistance.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
We expostulated and complained, but were at length compelled to comply with the demand.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
The leggy girl had just thrust out her tongue at an expostulating nurse.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
Useless to argue with the tradesmen, to expostulate, to vituperate.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
A cloud was passing across the face of the sun, when the latter expostulated with him.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
No arguments, no expostulations would change the magistrate's decision.
"The Dock and the Scaffold" by Unknown
Her parents expostulated that she was but a child.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
It is useless to expostulate.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
Whereat he raged, expostulated by post, waited, waylaid, and so at length gained an interview, which taught him many things.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

His skipper (CAPTAIN JOYCE),
He gave him many a rating,
And almost lost his voice
From thus expostulating:
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Boys whose good breeding is innate,
Whose sums are always right;
And boys who don't expostulate
When sent to bed at night;
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thus will these souls with watery eyes,
And hacking of their teeth,
With wringing hands, and fearful cries,
Expostulate their grief.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Not so; like unfledged, hungry bird
He stood on tiptoe, reaching higher,
But no expostulating word
Did in his anxious soul aspire;
With humbler care his heart was stirred,
With humbler service to his sire.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald