ful·mi·nate (flmə-nāt′, fŭl-)
v. ful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing, ful·mi·nates
1. To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery.
2. To explode or detonate.
1. To issue (a denunciation, for example) thunderously.
2. To cause to explode.
An explosive salt of fulminic acid, especially fulminate of mercury.
[Middle English fulminaten, from Latin fulmināre, fulmināt-, to strike with lightning, from fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes; see bhel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
fulmi·na·to′ry (-nə-tôr′ē) adj.
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