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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v remonstrate 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"
    • v remonstrate argue in protest or opposition
    • v remonstrate present and urge reasons in opposition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Remonstrate To point out; to show clearly; to make plain or manifest; hence, to prove; to demonstrate. "I will remonstrate to you the third door."
    • v. i Remonstrate To present and urge reasons in opposition to an act, measure, or any course of proceedings; to expostulate; as, to remonstrate with a person regarding his habits; to remonstrate against proposed taxation. "It is proper business of a divine to state cases of conscience, and to remonstrate against any growing corruptions in practice, and especially in principles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • remonstrate To exhibit; demonstrate; prove.
    • remonstrate To exhibit or present strong reasons against an act, measure, or any course of proceedings; expostulate: as, to remonstrate with a person on his conduct; conscience remonstrates against a profligate life.
    • remonstrate Synonyms Reprove, Rebuke, etc. (see censure), object, protest, reason, complain.
    • remonstrate To show by a strong representation of reasons; set forth forcibly; show clearly.
    • remonstrate To show or point out again.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Remonstrate to set forth strong reasons against a measure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. remonstratus, p. p. of remonstrare, to remonstrate; L. pref. re-, + monstrare, to show. See Monster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. re-, again, monstrāre, to point out.


In literature:

Mr. Tyrrel was not of a stamp to be influenced by these remonstrances.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
But even she sometimes mildly remonstrated with him for being what she called kind of wild.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
He presumed to defer his compliance, in order to remonstrate.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
I will take care that they will make no complaints whatever, or address any remonstrance to you, until after you have fairly put to sea.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
Having answered the first letter or two he could ignore the Babington remonstrances.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
The Parliament piled remonstrance upon remonstrance, every day more and more haughty in form as well as in substance.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But at last I was directed to go to H. and tenderly remonstrate with him.
"The Grimké Sisters" by Catherine H. Birney
I made a mild remonstrance, but the man was out of hearing before I spoke.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
So the work went on, quietly but surely, the general supported by the President, and the nation giving men and money without remonstrance.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
It was only after earnest remonstrances from Quigg, that the discursive Overtop brought himself down to the rules of the day.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
The meetings, however, had hardly been commenced, when there came a remonstrance from Dr. Marsh.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
The Senate asks me for the reasons for entering into the stipulations for the "remonstrating embassies" contained in the late treaty.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Tyler" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
The remonstrance in regard to the Freneau matter had but a temporary effect.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
His friends remonstrate, and even think Him unduly swayed by holy enthusiasm.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
But Toussaint remonstrated, and succeeded in saving their lives.
"The Freedmen's Book" by Lydia Maria Child
She refused it and he began to remonstrate.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Sometimes a foreign traveller, very sure of his Spanish, would attempt remonstrance with these small nuisances.
"Spanish Highways and Byways" by Katharine Lee Bates
I had a pious mother; and she earnestly remonstrated against my going.
"Noble Deeds of American Women"
No remonstrance is made on the score of his tender years.
"The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel" by W. G. Blaikie
In 1412 it presented a remonstrance to the king on the subject of the financial disorders of the time and demanded a reform.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea

In poetry:

But vain remonstrance, tears, and prayers;
The Count's proud heart could all deride,
For Nature's voice can never melt
The callous bosom fenced by pride.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Around the house she loves to fare,
And with her rosy tootsies bare,
Pit-pat the floor;
And though remonstrances we make
She presently decides to take
Off something more.
"Strip Teaser" by Robert W Service
Not for such hopes and fears
Annulling youth's brief years,
Do I remonstrate: folly wide the mark!
Rather I prize the doubt
Low kinds exist without,
Finished and finite clods, untroubled by a spark.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

In news:

Roberto Mancini remonstrates with officials after the match.
These beginning clauses to the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights are rooted in the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.
A fit clenches him whole, strains his red-combed head into one shrill remonstrance that scythes clean through night's manifold silence.
Those of us who value our privacy have reason to remonstrate against ever-increasing surveillance throughout society.