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[vahy-too-puh-reyt, -tyoo-, vi-] /vaɪˈtu pəˌreɪt, -ˈtyu-, vɪ-/
verb (used with or without object), vituperated, vituperating.
to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.
Origin of vituperate
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
censure, vilify, berate.
praise, commend. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vituperate
Historical Examples
  • Jolly, to abuse or vituperate, sometimes to bear up or bonnet.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Bibliolators may vituperate us, persecute us, or imprison us, but they cannot refute us.

    Comic Bible Sketches George W. Foote
  • Useless to argue with the tradesmen, to expostulate, to vituperate.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Deviation from scenic propriety has only to vituperate itself for the consequences it generates.

    Rejected Addresses James Smith
  • Literature and the pulpit were inevitably the interpreters that she employed to vituperate the sins of the people.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • They vituperate the humanists in comically bad Latin, which is perhaps the best part of the joke.

  • Bespatter it, vituperate against it, strongly insist that any man or woman harbouring it is a fool or a knave, or both.

    The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
  • We may abuse, revile, vituperate an absent person; but we can only "blackguard" a man when he is present.

  • He could offer no counter argument to them, but continued to vituperate the sins of the white people.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • On occasion he could stoop to praise one party and vituperate another, but that was his tongue serving his worldly interest.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for vituperate


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

to use abusive language

Word Origin

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

Usage Note

intransitive's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for vituperate

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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