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Expostulate vs Preach - What's the difference?

expostulate | preach |

As verbs the difference between expostulate and preach

is that expostulate is to protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct while preach is to preach, preachify.




  • To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
  • * Jowett
  • Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
  • * 1719,
  • The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
  • […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”


    * challenge * demur * except * inveigh * kick * object * protest * remonstrate * squawk ----




  • To give a sermon.
  • * , chapter=3
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.}}
    A local Muslim used to preach from the Quran and hadith.
  • To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue.
  • * Bible, Isa. lxi. 1
  • The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek.
  • To advise or recommend earnestly.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My master preaches patience to him.
  • To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.
  • * Southey
  • As ye are preached .

    See also

    * praught


  • (obsolete) A religious discourse.
  • (Hooker)