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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Definitions for vituperation

  1. The act or an instance of speaking abusively to or about.
  2. Sustained and severely abusive language.

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Citations for vituperation
It was a bitter attack on those who had sneered at his father, an astonishingly poised performance for a twenty-six-year-old, and an early demonstration of Bron's gift for vituperation. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Atlantic
Everybody was very nice except the Liberal women -- who have a repertoire of vituperation that I cannot believe to be equalled anywhere. Bonnie Kime Scott (Editor), Selected Letters of Rebecca West
Origin of vituperation
Vituperation comes from Latin vituperatio, from the past participle of vituperare, "to blame," from vitium, "a fault" + parare, "to prepare." The verb form is vituperate; the related adjective is vituperative. One who vituperates is a vituperator.
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