Definition of vituperate in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /vɪˈtjuːpəreɪt/
Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈtjuːpəreɪt/


[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
British informal rubbish, slag off
archaic contemn
rare asperse, excoriate, vilipend



Pronunciation: /vɪˈtjuːpəreɪtə/ Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈtjuːpəreɪtə/
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with vituperate


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: vi¦tu¦per|ate

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.