Definition of vituperation in English:



mass noun
  • Bitter and abusive language.

    ‘no one else attracted such vituperation from him’
    • ‘He'll stutter and splutter, and you can follow up with a series of insults steadily escalating in vituperation and profanity.’
    • ‘Like other semi-hysterical right-wing critics, he makes up in vituperation what he lacks in understanding.’
    • ‘Bombard the offices of those Senators with your views, and back up your objections with hard data rather than vituperation.’
    • ‘When people argue, they often resort to vituperation and insults.’
    • ‘The rest of his vituperation was aimed at the State Department, or ‘state’ as he called it.’
    • ‘Have our three authors resorted to vituperation then?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With her pupils dilated to blackness, and spitting vituperation in all directions, the very last thing she seems is sane.’
    • ‘And writing of ‘rookie journalists’ smacks of using vituperation because logical argument is unavailable.’
    • ‘Both had a well-developed line in personal abuse and 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.’
    • ‘I look forward to more of Jones's vituperation!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even to ask the question is to invite vituperation.’
    • ‘Let them be shielded from the shafts of malice, and protected against the venom of personal vituperation.’
    • ‘The vituperation and neglect I and the bulk of my fellow modern artists suffer was also the lot of Van Gogh.’
    • ‘Liberals and lefties, who know a thing or two about the politics of vituperation, have never held back from ridiculing conservatives.’
    • ‘One cannot imagine such crisp vituperation disgorging from the lips of a seemingly unflappable person.’
    • ‘You can forget the vows of both parties to forego vituperation in campaigning.’
    • ‘Anyone who defies or dares to challenge them is subject to the most awful abuse and vituperation, all of it personal, racist and ideological.’
    revilement, invective, condemnation, castigation, chastisement, opprobrium, rebuke, scolding, criticism, flak, disapprobation, fault-finding
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Middle English: from Old French or Latin, from Latin vituperat- ‘censured, disparaged’, from the verb vituperare, from vitium ‘fault’ + parare ‘prepare’.