Word of the Day: fulminate
origin: Latin "fulminare", meaning "to strike with lightning"
1. To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation.
"My father's news excited me tremendously, for I had long been
inflamed by his fulminations against the Russophobe French, British
and U.S. politicians and industrialists who had connived at the
growth and spread of fascism, concealing their real admiration for
it beneath the public explanation that it was the only trustworthy
'bulwark against communism.'"
--Farley Mowat, "And No Birds Sang"*
2. To explode or detonate.
"Here on Earth we cannot find another substance which fulminates,
thunders, and hails besides nitre**."
--Anton Josef Kirchweger, "Golden Chain of Homer", 1762
3. (noun) An explosive salt of fulminic acid, esp. fulminate of mercury.
* In 1984, Mr. Mowat, a Canadian citizen, was barred from entering the
United States under the 1950 McCarren-Walters Immigration Act, which
prevents known associates of "communists or leftists" from entering
** "nitre" refers to sodium or potasssium nitrate (saltpeter)
Publish Date: 01/20/2011