Definition of vituperate in English:

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vituperate

Pronunciation: /vɪˈtjuːpəreɪt/
/vʌɪˈtjuːpəreɪt/

verb

[with object] archaic
Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language.
Synonyms
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

Derivatives

vituperator

Pronunciation: /vɪˈtjuːpəreɪtə/ /vʌɪˈtjuːpəreɪtə/
noun
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.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin vituperat- 'censured, disparaged' (see vituperation).

Words that rhyme with vituperate

recuperate

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: vi¦tu¦per|ate

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