Definition of fulmination in English:



  • 1An expression of vehement protest.

    ‘the fulminations of media moralists’
    • ‘The fulminations were legendary; the general one was to rail against ‘the American imperialists, the Soviet social imperialists, and the Chinese revisionist imperialists.’’
    • ‘Just read the Letters page of this newspaper, full of fulminations against the unionists and the Democratic Unionists.’
    • ‘Certainly it would cause much greater harm than that caused by the fulminations of some unknown student.’
    • ‘Their epic journey is regularly intercut, slightly laboriously, with the fulminations of Mr Neville, the colonial official prosecuting this policy, played by Kenneth Branagh.’
    • ‘It would thus be a mistake to regard the rumblings from the right as solely a partisan matter, just as it would be a mistake to regard the fulminations of the counterrevisionists as solely an academic matter.’
    • ‘Can he have learned so little from his travels that he is unable to engage with Roger's fulminations?’
    • ‘To whom should we float our wild conspiracy theories and misanthropic fulminations on people we disagree with, if anything we say to journalists is suddenly on the record?’
    • ‘The $800 million stadium plan has been nurtured for years without any public fulminations from the team's principal owner, George Steinbrenner, who spent time in decades past threatening to move to Manhattan or New Jersey.’
    • ‘The right-wing media in the US have been full of fulminations against ‘the French,’ ‘the Japanese’ and so forth.’
    • ‘Despite Melott's fulminations against common sense,’ his object of scorn is an insulated elite the Kansas Board of Education.’
    • ‘Despite their fulminations against unpatriotic cultural relativists in US universities, what conservative commentators are really railing against is their own inability to project a clear and inspiring cause.’
    • ‘The fulminations of the advocates and their amplifiers in the press had policymakers completely cowed - until 1996.’
    • ‘The object of the present invention is to realize a system apt to eliminate almost entirely both this type of risk of fulminations and also the risk of short circuits.’
    • ‘So stark were his recent fulminations that I had to rub eyes and re-read his latest expressions of outraged dignity.’
    • ‘The journalist, who had been asked to comment on differences between the two Koreas, triggered the fulmination by replying that South Koreans are allowed to criticize their leader.’
    • ‘A great deal of 20th Century Communism can be derived from the fulminations of three or four generations of a small class of fulminating intellectuals.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding all the passionate fulminations of the spokesmen of governments, the inevitable consequences of inflationism and expansionism as depicted by the ‘orthodox’ economists are coming to pass.’
    • ‘Without further comment, we can disregard his fulminations on these topics.’
    • ‘There is a more serious aspect to Mr Russell's fulminations.’
    • ‘Despite the media's constant fulminations against Ireland's libel laws, the appetite for taking a high-cost libel suit to the High Court appears to be on the wane.’
    protest, objection, complaint, rant
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  • 2A violent explosion or a flash like lightning.

    ‘a second of silence, not long enough for the echo of the previous fulminations to fade away’
    • ‘In any case, the minister has since, as I noted above, artfully backed away from his previous excitable fulminations.’
    explosion, flash, crack, crash, bang, report, detonation, eruption, blowing up
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