remonstrate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Argue or reason in opposition of.

He was not inclined to remonstrate and tried to finish quickly.
The king remonstrated in vain, as the lady remained firm.
One of the gendarmes remonstrated with me to be more reasonable.
Mr. J tried to remonstrate but I would not hear him.
The old Trafford crowd remonstrated with the ref over his bad call.
Walking by the river, I paused to remonstrate with a fisherman.

VerbNet: meet-36.3-1
FrameNet: Judgement_communication
PropBank: remonstrate.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: Reprimand, call on or lecture.

He got angry when I remonstrated him for littering.
He was officiallt remonstrated.
Madame does not console; she only remonstrates.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: remonstrate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3