verb (used with object), ob·jur·gat·ed, ob·jur·gat·ing.
- to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
- (tr) to scold or reprimand
v.1610s, from Latin obiurgatus, past participle of obiurgare “to chide, rebuke,” from ob- (see ob-) + iurgare “to quarrel, scold,” from phrase iure agere “to deal in a lawsuit,” from ablative of ius “right; law; suit” (see just (adj.)) + agere “to do, act, set in motion” (see act (n.)). Related: Objurgatory.