What does the word expostulate mean?

Usage examples for expostulate

  1. The only part which Thomas Crann took in it was to expostulate with the candle- snuffer, who being violently opposed to the wishes of the minister, and not daring to speak, kept grumbling in no inaudible voice at everything that came from that side of the house. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  2. When I refused to participate in the " grand leave- taking," Frederick Augustus came post- haste to expostulate with me. – Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess by Henry W. Fischer