Etymology
Advertisement

fulminate (v.)

early 15c., "publish a 'thundering' denunciation; hurl condemnation (at an offender)," a figurative use, from Latin fulminatus, past participle of fulminare "hurl lightning, lighten," figuratively "to thunder," from fulmen (genitive fulminis) "lightning flash," related to fulgor "lightning," fulgere "to shine, flash," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn." Metaphoric sense (the oldest in English) in reference to formal condemnation is from Medieval Latin fulminare, used of formal ecclesiastical censures. Related: Fulminated; fulminating.

updated on October 14, 2017

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of fulminate from WordNet
1
fulminate (v.)
criticize severely;
He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare
Synonyms: rail
fulminate (v.)
come on suddenly and intensely;
the disease fulminated
fulminate (v.)
cause to explode violently and with loud noise;
2
fulminate (n.)
a salt or ester of fulminic acid;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.