Definition of expostulate in English:



  • Express strong disapproval or disagreement.

    ‘I expostulated with him in vain’
    • ‘It's easy for historians to expostulate about societal trends and reactions or to theorize about the lasting impact of this or that event on the evolution of some socio-economic group.’
    • ‘When one school official underlined Ms. Calkins's point that teachers didn't need to assign book reports, the woman next to me expostulated, ‘That I don't agree with.’’
    • ‘Page, have an official statement issued expostulating against the insurgents.’
    • ‘I groggily expostulated into the mouthpiece, while using my free hand to rub the bruise I could feel forming on my face.’
    • ‘I'm glad to see plenty of letters expostulating about the preposterous piece in the newspaper.’
    • ‘Before he has any chance to expostulate, he is mortally wounded by the tenor and dies.’
    • ‘Oh, and before people e-mail me about this, let me say: Of course I expostulate on the blog about subjects on which I'm not an expert.’
    • ‘‘Now this is really blackmail,’ the villain expostulates.’
    • ‘I offhandedly expostulated whilst continuing to read her two page monologue.’
    • ‘For most of his two-hour Harbourfront concert, the singer sang, chanted and expostulated about African self-worth, AIDS and government corruption.’
    • ‘An official could expostulate with the emperor over his decisions and policies, but never rebel.’
    • ‘In the Preface to St Leon, Godwin expostulates upon his turn from a politics based on public discussion to one based on private affections.’
    • ‘Her works do not expostulate on art issues or complain about a difficult early life.’
    • ‘If you read down the Hansard report, you'll see he then loses control altogether, peevishly expostulating, ‘We do not need moral lectures from the Conservative party.’’
    • ‘He expostulates, but Ginger stands firm, and, because her stylishness is all-powerful, he has to give in.’
    • ‘Sir Sefton Brancker, an aviator responsible for the expansion of the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of war, expostulated in 1916.’
    • ‘‘If anyone had made a remark like that five years ago I'd have thought he was crazy…’ he expostulated.’
    • ‘‘Oh, come on,’ Petra expostulated, rolling her eyes.’
    • ‘At one point, he expostulated on another aspect of the centrist outlook: the glorification of backwardness.’
    • ‘Later, amidst thousands of adversaries, he expostulated by initiating and appealing for re-adopting conventional ethical and religious norms people had deviated from.’
    remonstrate, disagree, argue, take issue, reason, express disagreement
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘demand how or why, state a complaint’): from Latin expostulat- ‘demanded’, from the verb expostulare, from ex- ‘out’ + postulare ‘demand’.