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"Vienna," says Volkheimer, and Neumann Two fulminates about Hapsburg palaces and Wiener schnitzel and girls whose vulvas taste like apple strudel.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  to criticize severely

or more rarely:

chemistry:  to cause to explode; or an explosive chemical

of a disease:   come on suddenly and intensely
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  • "Vienna," says Volkheimer, and Neumann Two fulminates about Hapsburg palaces and Wiener schnitzel and girls whose vulvas taste like apple strudel.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Cancer of that kind must be ghastly, those monstrous metastasizing cells so close to the brain—hideous little microscopic boll weevils invading cheek, sinuses, eye socket, jaw, filling the mouth with its fulminating virulence until the tongue, engulfed, rotted and fell dumb.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Then, after one fulminating stare, he threw back his head and laughed.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Hungry Joe likes lingering diseases, but he likes the fulminating ones even more.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • Not infrequently during their visits, Franz recalls, McCandless’s face would darken with anger and he’d fulminate about his parents or politicians or the endemic idiocy of mainstream American life.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He might be denouncing Goldstein and demanding sterner measures against thought-criminals and saboteurs, he might be fulminating against the atrocities of the Eurasian army, he might be praising Big Brother or the heroes on the Malabar front-it made no difference.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Though it was now dark, I knew he was awake; because I heard him fulminating strange anathemas at finding himself lying in a pool of water.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Whence had issued that fulminating convict, who almost without taking breath, and with the same set of combatants in hand, pulverized, one after the other, the five armies of the emperor of Germany, upsetting Beaulieu on Alvinzi, Wurmser on Beaulieu, Melas on Wurmser, Mack on Melas?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And at its foot, here and there, a mosaic of white bones, a still unrotted carcase dark on the tawny ground marked the place where deer or steer, puma or porcupine or coyote, or the greedy turkey buzzards drawn down by the whiff of carrion and fulminated as though by a poetic justice, had come too close to the destroying wires.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Smith seethed and fulminated, and made increasingly desperate pleas for more bombardment.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers

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  • Suddenly it seemed to her that fiery spheres were exploding in the air like fulminating balls when they strike, and were whirling, whirling, to melt at last upon the snow between the branches of the trees.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • When he fulminated against fashionable society he always spoke of its "trend"; and to Mrs. Archer it was terrifying and yet fascinating to feel herself part of a community that was trending.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Until he does, I’ll go on theorizing and the Freedom League will go on fulminating.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Babbitt fulminated.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • After thirty years of fulminating about this or that, always from a safe distance and usually to no avail, I want something more, even if it involves the risk of failure.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • She turned on her heel, shot Simpson one fulminating look, then strode away.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • They were cubes of copper, half the size of fulminating caps, but twice as deadly.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Lacking words, categories, or language to describe what had happened, they called it, finally, a case of "fulminating liver failure."
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • But get them out in the field in a combat exercise, or anything that gets them keyed up and full of adrenaline, and they’re as explosive as a hatful of mercury fulminate.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • My uncle, on the other hand, was quite as devoted to his arsenal as to his collection of instruments, and above all was very careful with his provision of fulminating or gun cotton, warranted to keep in any climate, and of which the expansive force was known to be greater than that of ordinary gunpowder.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • This correspondence, as one might expect, reflected sharply divergent points of view: Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideals; others fulminated that he was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist who perished out of arrogance and stupidity, and was undeserving of the considerable media attention he received.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was necessary for our purpose to make a cavity large enough to hold fifty pounds of fulminating gun cotton, the expansive power of which is four times as great as that of ordinary gunpowder.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • At midnight, our work as miners was completely finished; the charge of fulminating cotton was thrust into the hollow, and the match, which we had made of considerable length, was ready.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Lots more sporting," fulminated Babbitt, who knew very little about flies either wet or dry.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He fulminated against the Republicans’ plan to cut Medicare
  • the disease fulminated
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