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[mass noun] Bitter and abusive language.‘no one else attracted such vituperation from him’
revilement, invective, condemnation, castigation, chastisement, opprobrium, rebuke, scolding, criticism, flak, disapprobation, fault-findingblame, reprimand, upbraiding, admonitionabuse, insults, curses, tongue-lashing, harangue, vilification, denunciation, obloquy, denouncement, denigration, disparagement, slander, slandering, libel, defamation, calumny, calumniation, evil-speaking, backbiting, malice, spite, spitefulness, vitriol, venomslurs, aspersions, fulminationsslamming, knocking, bashing, mud-slinging, cattiness, bitchiness, bitching, bad-mouthingrubbishing, slagging off, slating, stick, verbalcontumelyobjurgation, animadversion, derogationView synonyms
- ‘Let them be shielded from the shafts of malice, and protected against the venom of personal vituperation.’
- ‘With her pupils dilated to blackness, and spitting vituperation in all directions, the very last thing she seems is sane.’
- ‘You can forget the vows of both parties to forego vituperation in campaigning.’
- ‘And writing of ‘rookie journalists’ smacks of using vituperation because logical argument is unavailable.’
- ‘He'll stutter and splutter, and you can follow up with a series of insults steadily escalating in vituperation and profanity.’
- ‘The rest of his vituperation was aimed at the State Department, or ‘state’ as he called it.’
- ‘Liberals and lefties, who know a thing or two about the politics of vituperation, have never held back from ridiculing conservatives.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Both had a well-developed line in personal abuse and vituperation.’
- ‘The vituperation and neglect I and the bulk of my fellow modern artists suffer was also the lot of Van Gogh.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even to ask the question is to invite vituperation.’
- ‘Bombard the offices of those Senators with your views, and back up your objections with hard data rather than vituperation.’
- ‘One cannot imagine such crisp vituperation disgorging from the lips of a seemingly unflappable person.’
- ‘Have our three authors resorted to vituperation then?’
- ‘Like other semi-hysterical right-wing critics, he makes up in vituperation what he lacks in understanding.’
- ‘Anyone who defies or dares to challenge them is subject to the most awful abuse and vituperation, all of it personal, racist and ideological.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I look forward to more of Jones's vituperation!’
- ‘When people argue, they often resort to vituperation and insults.’
Middle English: from Old French or Latin, from Latin vituperat- censured, disparaged, from the verb vituperare, from vitium fault + parare prepare.
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