vituperate

vituperate

[vahy-too-puh-reyt, -tyoo-, vi-]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), vituperated, vituperating.
to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.

Origin:
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

vituperator, noun
unvituperated, adjective


censure, vilify, berate.


praise, commend.
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vituperate (vɪˈtjuːpəˌreɪt)
 
vb
to berate or rail (against) abusively; revile
 
[C16: from Latin vituperāre to blame, from vitium a defect + parāre to make]
 
vi'tuperator
 
n

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Main Entry:  vituperate1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to verbally abuse; berate
Etymology:  Latin vitium 'fault, blemish' + perare 'to prepare'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  vituperate2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to use abusive language
Etymology:  Latin vitium 'fault, blemish' + perare 'to prepare'
Usage:  intransitive
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