V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to express disagreement or disapproval, especially to prevent someone from doing something
Synonyms: dissuade, oppose, protest, discourage, remonstrate, argue
Antonyms: approve, encourage
Tips: One expostulates "with" a friend or acquaintance to deter the person from an unwise course of action. It is not an accusation but an argument against something. In a second use, expostulate can be used as a more sophisticated way of saying "disagree or argue." For example, you would expostulate with your waiter over your bill if you disagreed with it.
The young man found that expostulating with his football coach on the strenuous nature of the workouts was counterproductive. (protesting, arguing)
Please expostulate your niece from whining! (dissuade, discourage)
I expostulated with my high-school-age daughter not to have sex until she was older. (argued, discouraged her against)
I expostulated with him the merits of going to a community college versus an Ivy League school. (argued, remonstrated)
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