How dare you! To objurgate is to scold or reprimand. Don’t objurgate yourself, or beat yourself up if you didn’t know it — it’s an old word that people don’t use much anymore.

To scold — or to express your disgust and condemnation of — is to objurgate, although this useful word has become quite rare. You're more likely to hear someone use words like castigate or reprimand these days. Objurgate comes directly from the Latin obiurgare, "to chide or rebuke."

Definitions of objurgate
  1. verb
    censure severely
    synonyms: castigate, chasten, chastise, correct
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    criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
    type of:
    bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scathe, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
    censure severely or angrily
  2. verb
    express strong disapproval of
    synonyms: condemn, decry, excoriate, reprobate
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    type of:
    speak out against
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