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fulminate

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Definition to criticize severely

or more rarely:

to explode, cause to explode, or an explosive chemical

or of a disease:

to come on suddenly and intensely
  • She fulminated against the plan to reduce spending on education.
fulminated = criticized severely
  • Mercury fulminate was used to initiate the explosion.
  • fulminate = describing a chemical as explosive
  • The disease fulminated.
  • fulminated = suddenly got worse
  • She fulminated against the legislation.
  • fulminated = criticized severely
  • 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
  • fulminating = criticizing severely
  • "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
  • She turned on her heel, shot Simpson one fulminating look, then strode away.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Smith seethed and fulminated, and made increasingly desperate pleas for more bombardment.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Hungry Joe likes lingering diseases, but he likes the fulminating ones even more.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • Then, after one fulminating stare, he threw back his head and laughed.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • They were cubes of copper, half the size of fulminating caps, but twice as deadly.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Until he does, I'll go on theorizing and the Freedom League will go on fulminating.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • 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
  • 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
  • Babbitt fulminated.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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