31 August 2009


Remonstrate is a word about which I was a little confused. I thought it to be tinged with regret. It is not. In fact, remonstrate seems to have little time or inclination for regret in any degree. Remonstrate would have your attention and show you, without confusion, obfuscation or obtuseness, its point. It would leave you with the truth of whatever matter with which remonstration deals, and how this affects you is a matter of interest to you and you alone.


Remonstrate 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.
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I will remonstrate to you the third door. --B. Jonson.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Remonstrate 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.
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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.
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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.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

v 1: argue in protest or opposition
2: present and urge reasons in opposition [syn: point out]
3: 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" [syn: call on the carpet, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw,
dress down, down}, scold, chide, berate, bawl
out, out}, chew up, words}, lambaste, lambast]

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

81 Moby Thesaurus words for "remonstrate":
admonish, beef, bitch, boggle, boycott, call in question, caution,
challenge, charge, combat, complain, complain loudly, confront,
contend with, cry out against, daunt, demonstrate,
demonstrate against, demur, dispute, dissent, dissuade, encourage,
enjoin, enter a protest, except, exhort, expostulate, face down,
face out, face up to, fight, frighten off, front, holler, howl,
incite, induce, intimidate, inveigh against, issue a caveat, kick,
kick against, kid out of, make a stand, march, meet head-on, move,
object, offer resistance, oppose, persuade, picket, preach,
press objections, prompt, protest, raise a howl, rally,
recalcitrate, reluct, resist, revolt, scruple, show fight, sit in,
squawk, stand, stand at bay, stand up against, stand up to,
state a grievance, strike, strive against, talk out of, teach in,
unpersuade, urge, warn, withstand, yell bloody murder

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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