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Synonyms for expostulation

the act of expressing strong or reasoned opposition

Synonyms for expostulation

the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest

an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof

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Compressed into it is a whole Alexandrian library of thought, feeling, and sentiment--all that can, all that need be urged, in the form of expostulation, entreaty, rebuke, against that crime of crimes,--making man the prop- erty of his fellow-man
Again I collected my energies for a final attempt at expostulation.
At length, by dint of much wriggling, and loud and incessant expostulations upon the unbecomingness of his hugging a fellow male in that matrimonial sort of style,
I told the emperor "that my good fortune had thrown this boat in my way, to carry me to some place whence I might return into my native country; and begged his majesty's orders for getting materials to fit it up, together with his license to depart;" which, after some kind expostulations, he was pleased to grant.
One strong proof of my wretchedly defective nature is, that even her expostulations, so mild, so rational, have not influence to cure me of my faults; and even her praise, though I value it most highly, cannot stimulate me to continued care and foresight.
It was in vain that Cedric expostulated with his guards, who had too many good reasons for their silence to be induced to break it either by his wrath or his expostulations.
Hunt endeavored by arguments, expostulations, and entreaties, to shake the determination of the two brothers.
Sometimes the old model who kept the school ventured to remonstrate with him, but his expostulations quickly gave way before the violent insolence of the painter to abject apologies.
After a few more expostulations, the conversation drifted into other channels, but the prince, who had been an attentive listener, thought all this excitement about so small a matter very curious.
Justice Sachar, now in his mid-90s, and author of the celebrated eponymous report on the dismal economic and social state of the Muslims in India, is pungent when he writes that while the judiciary may believe that "judges are immune to human frailties even while making non-judicial decisions (such as appointments and transfers), this self-glorification is not accepted even by members of the judiciary itself vide expostulation of Justice Frankfurter of the US Supreme Court that all power is of an encroaching nature.
56) Interestingly, besides Milner's public arguments with Berington and Sturges, preserved respectively in A Serious Expostulation with the Rev.
7) In the Devotions, Donne brings the reader through his process of cultivation--not necessarily of passivity--but, as we witness in Expostulation Six, of receptivity to the Word over his words.
Frost makes much of the fact that Donne's Devotions consist of 23 three-part sections, each containing a Meditation, an Expostulation, and a Prayer (Holy Delight 132-37).
Eliot's longstanding unease about collegiate competitive sports was coming to a climax, resulting in his expostulation at the winter holiday meeting.
Keats clearly alludes to King Lear in this expostulation of the human condition.