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[vahy-too-puh-reyt, -tyoo-, vi-] /vaɪˈtu pəˌreɪt, -ˈtyu-, vɪ-/
verb (used with or without object), vituperated, vituperating.
to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.
Origin of vituperate
1535-45; < Latin vituperātus (past participle of vituperāre to spoil, blame), equivalent to vituperā(re) (vitu-, variant (before a labial) of viti-, stem of vitium blemish, vice1 + -perāre, combining form of parāre to furnish, provide; see prepare) + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
vituperator, noun
unvituperated, adjective
censure, vilify, berate.
praise, commend. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vituperate
Historical Examples
  • Literature and the pulpit were inevitably the interpreters that she employed to vituperate the sins of the people.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Bibliolators may vituperate us, persecute us, or imprison us, but they cannot refute us.

    Comic Bible Sketches George W. Foote
  • He could offer no counter argument to them, but continued to vituperate the sins of the white people.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • Deviation from scenic propriety has only to vituperate itself for the consequences it generates.

    Rejected Addresses James Smith
  • The "one" hangs; the "many" command by the dignity of force; the "few" vituperate and scold.

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • They vituperate the humanists in comically bad Latin, which is perhaps the best part of the joke.

  • When people are going to serious war with each other, they may denounce and vituperate, but they rarely gibe.

    At His Gates, Vol. 2(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • Bespatter it, vituperate against it, strongly insist that any man or woman harbouring it is a fool or a knave, or both.

    The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
  • Useless to argue with the tradesmen, to expostulate, to vituperate.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • We may abuse, revile, vituperate an absent person; but we can only "blackguard" a man when he is present.

British Dictionary definitions for vituperate


to berate or rail (against) abusively; revile
Derived Forms
vituperator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vituperāre to blame, from vitium a defect + parāre to make
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Contemporary definitions for vituperate

to use abusive language

Word Origin

Latin vitium 'fault, blemish' + perare 'to prepare'

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for vituperate

1540s, from Latin vituperatus, past participle of vituperare (see vituperation). "Not in common use until the beginning of the 19th c." [OED]. Related: Vituperated; vituperating.

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