expostulator


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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.
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In Hodgart's twentieth-century continuation, A New Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms, Gulliver is a plot device rather than either the expostulator or the butt of the satire.
Just as Du Bois was able to establish, in The Souls of Black Folk, that black folk did in fact have souls, at a time when Charles Carroll (The Negro a Beast [19001), Thomas Dixon (The Leopard's Spots [1902]), and other racist expostulators on Negro "retrogression" were insisting otherwise, so Handy served as an effective propagandist for a widespread current of African-American feeling--imprisoning despair backed with releasing euphoria--that the minstrel mask had previously hidden.