fulminate[ful′mə nāt′, fo̵ol′-]
- The definition of fulminate is to take a strong stance in protesting something, or is a disease that comes on suddenly and strongly out of nowhere, is a violent and sudden explosion.
- When you begin actively and passionately protesting taxes, this is an example of when you fulminate against taxes.
- When you get very sick all of a sudden with a serious illness, this is an example of when the condition fulminates.
- When thunder claps loudly in the sky outside your house, this is an example of thunder fulminating.
intransitive verbfulminated, fulminating
- Archaic to thunder and lighten
- to explode with sudden violence; detonate
- to shout forth denunciations, decrees, etc.
Origin of fulminateMiddle English fulminaten ; from Classical Latin fulminatus, past participle of fulminare, to flash or strike with lightning ; from fulmen, lightning, thunderbolt, akin to fulgere: see fulgent
- to cause to explode
- to shout forth (denunciations, decrees, etc.)
verbful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing, ful·mi·nates
- To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery.
- To explode or detonate.
- To issue (a denunciation, for example) thunderously.
- To cause to explode.
Origin of fulminateMiddle English fulminaten, from Latin fulmināre, fulmināt-, to strike with lightning, from fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fulminates, present participle fulminating, simple past and past participle fulminated)