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[ob-jer-geyt, uh b-jur-geyt] /ˈɒb dʒərˌgeɪt, əbˈdʒɜr geɪt/

verb (used with object), objurgated, objurgating.
to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
(transitive) to scold or reprimand

to express strong disapproval; to criticize severely
Word Origin

Latin objurgare ‘to rebuke’

1610s, from Latin obiurgatus, past participle of obiurgare “to chide, rebuke,” from ob- (see ob-) + iurgare “to quarrel, scold,” from phrase iure agere “to deal in a lawsuit,” from ablative of ius “right; law; suit” (see just (adj.)) + agere “to do, act, set in motion” (see act (n.)). Related: Objurgatory.


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