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[vahy-too-puh-reyt, -tyoo-, vi-]
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verb (used with or without object), vi·tu·per·at·ed, vi·tu·per·at·ing.
  1. to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.
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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


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  • The Enlightened candidate for the Vituperator was the first on the stand.

    Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 34, November 19, 1870


British Dictionary definitions for vituperator


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

Word Origin

C16: from Latin vituperāre to blame, from vitium a defect + parāre to make
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Word Origin and History for vituperator



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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