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vituperation

[vahy-too-puh-rey-shuh n, -tyoo-, vi-] /vaɪˌtu pəˈreɪ ʃən, -ˌtyu-, vɪ-/
noun
1.
verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin vituperātiōn- (stem of vituperātio), equivalent to vituperāt(us) (see vituperate) + -iōn- -ion
Synonyms
censure, vilification, spite, scolding, defamation, aspersion.
Antonyms
praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for vituperations

vituperation

/vɪˌtjuːpəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
abusive language or venomous censure
2.
the act of vituperating
Derived Forms
vituperative (vɪˈtjuːpərətɪv; -prətɪv) adjective
vituperatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for vituperations

vituperation

n.

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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