SKIP TO CONTENT

objurgation

Objurgation is a harsh reprimand or criticism. A teenager who gets home hours after his midnight curfew can expect objurgation from his angry parents.

When someone receives a severe scolding, that person experiences objurgation. Members of Congress sometimes seem to set themselves up for objurgation from their constituents, and a badly behaving class shouldn't be surprised at the objurgation they get from the teacher. Objurgation has been around since the 1500's, and it comes from the Latin word obiurgationem, "a chiding, reproving, or reproof."

Definitions of objurgation
  1. noun
    rebuking a person harshly
    synonyms: chiding, scolding, tongue-lashing
    see moresee less
    types:
    wig, wigging
    British slang for a scolding
    type of:
    rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week