[vahy-too-puh-rey-shuhn, -tyoo-, vi-]


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

Synonyms for vituperation

Antonyms for vituperation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vituperation

Historical Examples of vituperation

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


    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?

  • Alice paused for want of breath and lack of vocabulary for vituperation.

  • What is it that renders ridicule more insupportable than vituperation?

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for vituperation



abusive language or venomous censure
the act of vituperating
Derived Formsvituperative (vɪˈtjuːpərətɪv, -prətɪv), adjectivevituperatively, 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.

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