verb[with object] • archaic
- Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language.More example sentencesSynonymsrevile, 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• archaic contemn
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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.
mid 16th century: from Latin vituperat- 'censured, disparaged' (see vituperation).