Word Archaeology: fulminate

In modern times, this word means to issue a decree with denunciation. But the word came from the Latin “fulminare” – to strike – and originally referred to lightning strikes. In the 15th Century, its meaning shifted to a term for the issuance of formal denunciations by church officials.

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