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[vahy-too-puh-rey-shuh n, -tyoo-, vi-] /vaɪˌtu pəˈreɪ ʃən, -ˌtyu-, vɪ-/
verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.
Origin of vituperation
1475-85; < Latin vituperātiōn- (stem of vituperātio), equivalent to vituperāt(us) (see vituperate) + -iōn- -ion
censure, vilification, spite, scolding, defamation, aspersion.
praise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vituperation
  • As they must have anticipated, the essay has run into a firestorm of vituperation and refutation.
  • There was much silent glowering between the two principals and lusty vituperation between their lieutenants.
  • But there is another weapon which he is not likely to throw aside, and that is vituperation.
  • What surprises me therefore is the vituperation of the comments.
  • He cautioned patience, prudence, noble endurance of insult and vituperation.
  • But obstruction and vituperation in all cases, even those you promote, is counterproductive and to be derided.
  • Hall often adopts a tone of personal vituperation which antagonizes while it amuses.
  • Here, at last, the reader gains some reward for turning over reams of sheer vituperation.
  • And if you rely on vituperation as the main thrust of your argument in a debate, you lose.
  • All that's changed is the level of vituperation, ideological rigidity, and anti-intellectualism.
British Dictionary definitions for vituperation


abusive language or venomous censure
the act of vituperating
Derived Forms
vituperative (vɪˈtjuːpərətɪv; -prətɪv) adjective
vituperatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for vituperation

mid-15c. (implied in vituperable), but rare before early 19c., from Latin vituperationem (nominative vituperatio) "blame, censuring," from past participle stem of vituperare "disparage," from vitiperos "having faults," from vitium "fault, defect" (see vice (n.1)) + parare "prepare, provide, procure" (see pare). Vituperatio was stronger than either Latin reprehensio or Modern English vituperation.

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