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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'

I have cheered my son on at swimming races, rung up his teachers to fulminate about unfair detentions.
Virginia Ironside JANEY AND ME: Growing up with my Mother (2003)
Interestingly, this time round, Naqvi has found an ally in Prasar Bharati ceo S. S. Gill -- the first to fulminate against ptv.
India Today (1998)
Political commentators do not fulminate about it, editors think in terms of the back pages and politicians largely ignore it.
Mail and Guardian (2005)
Proof that where others only speculate and fulminate , The Thunderer wins with overwhelming logic.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
The mercury fulminate detonates and that causes the loud bang you heard.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
Those who " fulminate in support" of Section 28 have "only the haziest idea of its meaning in practice", he said.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
`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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