A Word A Day : Fulminate

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( Verb & Noun )

( Both Transitive and Intransitive Verb )

(past and past participle : fulminated
present participle : fulminating
3rd person present singular : fulminates)

Pronunciation : folme-nàyt & fúlme-nàyt

1. to express forceful criticism of somebody or something

2. to detonate or explode violently, or cause something to detonate or explode violently

3. to issue (a denunciation, for example) thunderously

4. to cause to explode

5. an explosive salt of fulminic acid, especially fulminate of mercury


Middle English fulminaten, from Latin fulminre, fulmint-, to strike with lightning, from fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes


animadvert, berate, blow up, bluster, castigate, censure, condemn, curse, declaim, denounce, denunciate, execrate, explode, fume, intimidate, inveigh against, menace, protest, rage, rail, reprobate, swear at, thunder, upbraid, vilify, vituperate


praise, appease, assuage, be happy, calm, simmer down

Contextual Examples:

• This magazine contains an article fulminating against the arms trade.

• USA fulminated that the proposal of India was unacceptable.

• The minister fulminated against legalized vice.

Related Words:

fulminatory: Adjective

fulminator: Noun

fulmination: Noun

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