- verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.
Origin of vituperation
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Examples from the Web for vituperation
There were shouts and howls, followed by a furious exchange of vituperation.Fruitfulness
This he set before me, then joined them in their vituperation of Messer Gambara.The Strolling Saint
But are we on that account to select him for the special object of our vituperation?The Life of Cesare Borgia
Alice paused for want of breath and lack of vocabulary for vituperation.The Hound From The North
What is it that renders ridicule more insupportable than vituperation?A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- abusive language or venomous censure
- the act of vituperating
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.