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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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  • Schiaparelli has been called an impostor, and Lowell has come in for his full share of vituperation and innuendo.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • Pratt sighed, understood perfectly the meaning of all this vituperation.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • While still pouring out invectives in his journal, there occurred a fresh theme for vituperation.

  • Lucretius, in his vituperation, is graver and more dignified than Alighieri.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Mrs. Higgs appeared to have exhausted herself in vituperation, while Dudley considered this new aspect of the affair in silence.

    The Wharf by the Docks Florence Warden
  • There were shouts and howls, followed by a furious exchange of vituperation.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • One man broke into a storm of hate and vituperation against the British.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Alice paused for want of breath and lack of vocabulary for vituperation.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • In vituperation—for volume of sound and rapidity of words—I never met the Armenians equal.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Bewildered, she tried to retaliate with the boomerang of vituperation.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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