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vituperate

[vahy-too-puh-reyt, -tyoo-, vi-] /vaɪˈtu pəˌreɪt, -ˈtyu-, vɪ-/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), vituperated, vituperating.
1.
to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.
Origin
1535-1545
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
Synonyms
censure, vilify, berate.
Antonyms
praise, commend.
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British Dictionary definitions for vituperate

vituperate

/vɪˈtjuːpəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
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
verb

to verbally abuse; berate

Word Origin

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

Usage Note

transitive

verb

to use abusive language

Word Origin

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

Usage Note

intransitive

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Word Origin and History for vituperate
v.

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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