Definition of objurgate in English:


transitive verb

[with object] rare
  • Rebuke severely; scold.

    ‘the old man objurgated his son’
    • ‘In addition, he anticipated the modern poets in objurgating the custom of garnishing poems with archaisms.’
    • ‘In ‘The high cost of low prices’, you objurgate the chain store for its business practices.’
    • ‘But I highly objurgate (word of the day calendars are wonderful things) his stealing my boyfriend's song.’
    • ‘‘I objurgate the centipede,/ A bug we do not really need,’ writes Ogden Nash.’
    • ‘And I will objurgate and distance myself from any of my fellow countrymen and women who do so’
    criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambast, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse



/ˈäbjərˌɡāt/ /ˈɑbdʒərˌɡeɪt/


Early 17th century from Latin objurgat- ‘chided, rebuked’, from the verb objurgare, based on jurgium ‘strife’.