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[vahy-too-per-uh-tiv, -puh-rey-tiv, -tyoo-, vi-] /vaɪˈtu pər ə tɪv, -pəˌreɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-, vɪ-/
characterized by or of the nature of vituperation:
vituperative remarks.
Origin of vituperative
1720-30; vituperate + -ive
Related forms
vituperatively, adverb
nonvituperative, adjective
nonvituperatively, adverb
unvituperative, adjective
unvituperatively, adverb
unvituperativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vituperative
  • If you want to have some fun, read the vituperative comments on that post.
  • She wears underinflated big hair in a color that might be called vituperative blond.
  • Strictly a nonce coinage, but it fit the moment's vituperative need.
  • vituperative rhetoric and hardball politics are hardly new.
  • Instead he delivers vituperative attacks on those who, in defending themselves, expose him.
  • It was her last vituperative attempt, and perhaps for that reason was invested with a certain degree of sublimity.
  • The brief accompanying the motion is noteworthy for its vituperative and uncivil language.
Word Origin and History for vituperative

1727, from vituperate + -ive. Related: Vituperatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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