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vituperation

[ vahy-too-puh-rey-shuhn, -tyoo-, vi- ]
/ vaɪˌtu pəˈreɪ ʃən, -ˌtyu-, vɪ- /
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noun

verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.

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Origin of vituperation

1475–85; <Latin vituperātiōn- (stem of vituperātio), equivalent to vituperāt(us) (see vituperate) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for vituperation

vituperation
/ (vɪˌtjuːpəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

abusive language or venomous censure
the act of vituperating

Derived forms of vituperation

vituperative (vɪˈtjuːpərətɪv, -prətɪv), adjectivevituperatively, adverb
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