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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
Historical Examples
  • There were shouts and howls, followed by a furious exchange of vituperation.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • This he set before me, then joined them in their vituperation of Messer Gambara.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • But are we on that account to select him for the special object of our vituperation?

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • Alice paused for want of breath and lack of vocabulary for vituperation.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • What is it that renders ridicule more insupportable than vituperation?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Bewildered, she tried to retaliate with the boomerang of vituperation.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • In his speeches there was no challenge, no vituperation, no irony, no arraignment.

  • Pratt sighed, understood perfectly the meaning of all this vituperation.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • Lucretius, in his vituperation, is graver and more dignified than Alighieri.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • He bore her vituperation patiently, as it was his only chance of getting his way.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
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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