Apr
08
2013

expostulate

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

pronunciation:    ihk spas ch@ leIt
part of speech:    intransitive verb
definition:    to argue earnestly with someone, usually against an intended action.
example:    The drunk expostulated with the flight attendant as she escorted him off the plane. 

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Examples from Books

Jealousy does not reason; and I soon understood that we would no longer be able to live in common, and that I must look elsewhere for shelter. But my friend gave me no time to do so. Coming home one Monday night at about eleven, she notified me to clear out at once. I attempted to expostulate: she replied with abuse. Rather than enter upon a degrading struggle, I yielded, and went out. (Emile Gaboriau, Other People’s Money)

No weather seemed to hinder him in these pastoral excursions: rain or fair, he would, when his hours of morning study were over, take his hat, and, followed by his father’s old pointer, Carlo, go out on his mission of love or duty, I scarcely know in which light he regarded it. Sometimes, when the day was very unfavorable, his sisters would expostulate. He would then say, with a peculiar smile, more solemn than cheerful, – “And if I let a gust of wind or a sprinkling of rain turn me aside from these easy tasks, what preparation would such sloth be for the future I propose to myself?”

Dian and Mary’s general answer to this question was a sigh, and some minutes of apparently mournful meditation. (C. Bronte, Jane Eyre)

 

 

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