A Word A Day : Fulminate
Sunday, 6th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( 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
• 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.
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