Word of the Day : Expostulate

Expostulate

Verb

 

~To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of her conduct, representing the wrong she has done or intends to do, urging her to redress or to desist

~Reason with somebody for the purpose of dissuading

~The act of expressing earnest opposition/protest

 

Synonyms

~Inveigh

~Object

~Protest

~Remonstrate

~Squawk (squawk is a harsher version of expostulate)

 

Antonyms

~To take things lying low

~To bottle up feelings inward instead of expressing one’s feelings about an issue & then explode suddenly out of context

 

Notes

~There’s a thin dividing line between complaining & expostulating

~Expostulating is the healthy middle path between being a doormat & whining

~This word came into my life exactly when I needed it, I was voicing my concern over certain issues with the top management & was being advised to shut up ‘cos no one likes a complainer & I said I ain’t  not complaining baby, I’m expostulating.

 

Usage

~His father expostulated with him about the dangers of drunk driving

 

Interesting usage

~Expostulating with self


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September 15, 2008. Tags: , . Vocabulory, Word of the day.

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