expostulating


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ex·pos·tu·late

 (ĭk-spŏs′chə-lāt′)
v. ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·ing, ex·pos·tu·lates
v.intr.
To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate. See Synonyms at object.
v.tr.
To say in protest; object: "[He] expostulated that they had every right to hold a street meeting" (Pierre Berton).

[Latin expostulāre, expostulāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + postulāre, to demand; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·pos′tu·la′tion n.
ex·pos′tu·la′tor n.
ex·pos′tu·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē), ex·pos′tu·la′tive adj.

expostulating

(ɪkˈspɒstjʊˌleɪtɪŋ)
adj
formal expressing strong disagreement with someone
exˈpostuˌlatingly adv
References in classic literature ?
It then becomes apparent that the woman has taken possession of this knife, for safety's sake; for, she too starting up, and restraining and expostulating with him, the knife is visible in her dress, not in his, when they drowsily drop back, side by side.
But his affection took the rather uncouth form of expostulating with her about her work.
"We'll send for the bird later," he told the landlady, who, still mildly expostulating as she followed them downstairs, failed to notice that the captain of the detectives had carelessly left the door to Daughtry's rooms ajar.
Linton took off the grey cloak of the dairy-maid which we had borrowed for our excursion, shaking her head and expostulating with her, I suppose: she was a young lady, and they made a distinction between her treatment and mine.
I hear experts expostulating the merits of our international agreements.
Most of the time I and other lawyers write letters criticizing or expostulating about various issues.
Imagine having to tell a bank loan officer, "It may be that loan defaults are higher for my protected class, but don't you see where it says on my application that I earn a lot of money, I've saved a lot of money, and I've paid every bill on time?" Inversely, one can imagine a different disappointed loan seeker expostulating, "How dare you!
Bruce Riedel, a senior CIA advisor to three presidents, found it hard to follow neocon logic, expostulating that they seemed bent on recreating the (expletive deleted) Persian Safavid Empire.