[ vahy-too-puh-reyt, -tyoo-, vi- ]
/ vaɪˈtu pəˌreɪt, -ˈtyu-, vɪ- /

verb (used with or without object), vi·tu·per·at·ed, vi·tu·per·at·ing.

to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.

Nearby words

  1. vittate,
  2. vittle,
  3. vittoria,
  4. vittorio,
  5. vituline,
  6. vituperation,
  7. vituperative,
  8. vitus,
  9. vitória,
  10. vitória de conquista

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 formsvi·tu·per·a·tor, nounun·vi·tu·per·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vituperate


/ (vɪˈtjuːpəˌreɪt) /


to berate or rail (against) abusively; revile
Derived Formsvituperator, noun

Word Origin for vituperate

C16: from Latin vituperāre to blame, from vitium a defect + parāre to make

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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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