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fulminate (ˈfʌlmɪˌneɪt Pronunciation for fulminate ; ˈfʊl-) 



  1. (intransitive) often foll by against to make criticisms or denunciations; rail
  2. to explode with noise and violence
  3. (intransitive) (archaic) to thunder and lighten


  1. any salt or ester of fulminic acid, esp the mercury salt, which is used as a detonator

Derived Forms

ˌfulmiˈnation noun
ˈfulmiˌnator noun
ˈfulmiˌnatory adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin fulmināre; see fulminant


View thesaurus entry
= criticize, rage, curse, denounce, put down, thunder, fume, protest against, censure, berate, castigate, rail against, vilify, tear into, flame, blast, diss, upbraid, inveigh against, reprobate, lambast(e), excoriate, execrate, vituperate, animadvert upon, denunciate

Example Sentences Including 'fulminate'

The mercury fulminate detonates and that causes the loud bang you heard.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
`Inside is a mixture of magnesium powder and fulminate of mercury which adds up to a very volatile cocktail indeed.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door


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