AskDefine | Define remonstrate

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1 argue in protest or opposition
2 present and urge reasons in opposition [syn: point out]
3 censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

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  • italbrac RP /ˈrɛm.ən.streɪt/ or /rɪˈmɒnstreɪt/
  • italbrac US /ˈrɛmənstreɪt/ or /rɪˈmɑːnstreɪt/


  1. To formally protest, object to, or rebel against.
    Jacobus Arminius and his followers remonstrated against the canons of the Synod of Dort.
  2. To oppose by protest or present objection.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admonish, beef, bitch, boggle, boycott, call in question, caution, challenge, charge, combat, complain, complain loudly, confront, contend with, cry out against, daunt, demonstrate, demonstrate against, demur, dispute, dissent, dissuade, encourage, enjoin, enter a protest, except, exhort, expostulate, face down, face out, face up to, fight, frighten off, front, holler, howl, incite, induce, intimidate, inveigh against, issue a caveat, kick, kick against, kid out of, make a stand, march, meet head-on, move, object, offer resistance, oppose, persuade, picket, preach, press objections, prompt, protest, raise a howl, rally, recalcitrate, reluct, resist, revolt, scruple, show fight, sit in, squawk, stand, stand at bay, stand up against, stand up to, state a grievance, strike, strive against, talk out of, teach in, unpersuade, urge, warn, withstand, yell bloody murder
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