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 (ŏb′jər-gāt′, ŏb-jûr′gāt′)
tr.v. ob·jur·gat·ed, ob·jur·gat·ing, ob·jur·gates
To scold or rebuke sharply; berate.

[Latin obiūrgāre, obiūrgāt- : ob-, against; see ob- + iūrgāre, to scold, sue at law (probably iūs, iūr-, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots + agere, to do, proceed; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

ob′jur·ga′tion n.
ob·jur′ga·to′ri·ly (ŏb-jûr′gə-tôr′ə-lē) adv.
ob·jur′ga·to′ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
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Poyser, who was remarkable for the facility with which she could relapse from her official objurgatory to one of fondness or of friendly converse.
Never before had I the faintest conception of the breadth and depth and height of a naval officer's objurgatory powers.