Meaning of vituperation in English:


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mass noun
  • Bitter and abusive language.

    ‘no one else attracted such vituperation from him’
    • ‘It is rather sad, therefore, to hear the principal propagandists, and the spokesperson of this administration, reverting to denigration, vituperation, slander and assassination of the character of the Father of the Nation.’
    • ‘Let them be shielded from the shafts of malice, and protected against the venom of personal vituperation.’
    • ‘When people argue, they often resort to vituperation and insults.’
    • ‘Anyone who defies or dares to challenge them is subject to the most awful abuse and vituperation, all of it personal, racist and ideological.’
    • ‘He'll stutter and splutter, and you can follow up with a series of insults steadily escalating in vituperation and profanity.’
    • ‘Both had a well-developed line in personal abuse and vituperation.’
    • ‘I look forward to more of Jones's vituperation!’
    • ‘It seems ludicrous that they have been hung out to dry with such vituperation when in fact they are both dutifully fulfilling the only remaining important royal function there is.’
    • ‘And writing of ‘rookie journalists’ smacks of using vituperation because logical argument is unavailable.’
    • ‘Have our three authors resorted to vituperation then?’
    • ‘Bombard the offices of those Senators with your views, and back up your objections with hard data rather than vituperation.’
    • ‘Even to ask the question is to invite vituperation.’
    • ‘Our parliament is probably no more boring than any other, although we could do with a bit more passion, vituperation and maybe even some mace swinging.’
    • ‘One cannot imagine such crisp vituperation disgorging from the lips of a seemingly unflappable person.’
    • ‘With her pupils dilated to blackness, and spitting vituperation in all directions, the very last thing she seems is sane.’
    • ‘The rest of his vituperation was aimed at the State Department, or ‘state’ as he called it.’
    • ‘You can forget the vows of both parties to forego vituperation in campaigning.’
    • ‘The vituperation and neglect I and the bulk of my fellow modern artists suffer was also the lot of Van Gogh.’
    • ‘Whenever a voice was raised in behalf of deliberation and the recognized maxims of statesmanship, it was howled down in a storm of vituperation and cant.’
    revilement, invective, condemnation, castigation, chastisement, opprobrium, rebuke, scolding, criticism, flak, disapprobation, fault-finding
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/vʌɪˌtjuːpəˈreɪʃən/ /vɪˌtjuːpəˈreɪʃən/


Middle English from Old French or Latin, from Latin vituperat- ‘censured, disparaged’, from the verb vituperare, from vitium ‘fault’ + parare ‘prepare’.