1. [syn: expostulation, remonstrance, remonstration, objection]
2. an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Expostulation \Ex*pos`tu*la"tion\, n. [L. expostulatio.]
The act of expostulating or reasoning with a person in
opposition to some impropriety of conduct; remonstrance;
earnest and kindly protest; dissuasion.
We must use expostulation kindly. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest [syn:
expostulation, remonstrance, remonstration,
2: an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
EXPOSTULATION, n. One of the many methods by which fools prefer to
lose their friends.