verb[with object] archaic
Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language.
revile, rail against, inveigh against, fulminate against, attack, upbraid, berate, harangue, lambaste, reprimand, castigate, chastise, rebuke, scold, chide, censure, condemn, damn, denounce, find fault with, run down, take to task, vilify, denigrate, calumniate, insult, abuse, curse, slander, smear
informal slate, slam, knock, hammer, carpet, roast, skewer, crucify, read someone the Riot Act, lay into, tear a strip off, bawl out, give someone a dressing-down, tell off, bad-mouth
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- Even when the vituperators are women, they mostly fling profanities at themselves, not at their male relatives.
- My method is merely to return to the vituperators the words of their own mouth as an antidote to their falsehoods.
- In most cases, a cold dose of healthy public ridicule would quench the more volcanic vituperators and reason would be restored.