Definitions for: Remonstrate

[v] censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"; "check" is archaic
[v] argue in protest or opposition
[v] present and urge reasons in opposition

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*mon"strate (-str?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Remonstrated (-str?*t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. Remonstrating.]
[LL. remonstratus, p. p. of remonstrare to remonstrate; L.
pref. re- + monstrare to show. See Monster.]
To point out; to show clearly; to make plain or manifest;
hence, to prove; to demonstrate. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.

I will remonstrate to you the third door. --B. Jonson.

Re*mon"strate, v. i.
To present and urge reasons in opposition to an act, measure,
or any course of proceedings; to expostulate; as, to
remonstrate with a person regarding his habits; to
remonstrate against proposed taxation.

It is proper business of a divine to state cases of
conscience, and to remonstrate against any growing
corruptions in practice, and especially in principles.

Syn: Expostulate, Remonstrate.

Usage: These words are commonly interchangeable, the
principal difference being that expostulate is now
used especially to signify remonstrance by a superior
or by one in authority. A son remonstrates against the
harshness of a father; a father expostulates with his
son on his waywardness. Subjects remonstrate with
their rulers; sovereigns expostulate with the
parliament or the people.

Synonyms: bawl out, berate, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, point out, rag, rebuke, reprimand, reproof, scold, trounce

See Also: brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, criticise, criticize, inform, object, objurgate, pick apart, represent, tell off

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