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billingsgate

noun bil·lings·gate \ˈbi-liŋz-ˌgāt, British usually -git\

Definition of BILLINGSGATE

:  coarsely abusive language
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Examples of BILLINGSGATE

  1. <the intemperate billingsgate to which the staff in customer service were sometimes subjected>

Origin of BILLINGSGATE

Billingsgate, old gate and fish market, London, England
First Known Use: 1652

Synonym Discussion of BILLINGSGATE

abuse, vituperation, invective, obloquy, billingsgate mean vehemently expressed condemnation or disapproval. abuse, the most general term, usually implies the anger of the speaker and stresses the harshness of the language <scathing verbal abuse>. vituperation implies fluent and sustained abuse <a torrent of vituperation>. invective implies a comparable vehemence but suggests greater verbal and rhetorical skill and may apply to a public denunciation <blistering political invective>. obloquy suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace <subjected to obloquy and derision>. billingsgate implies practiced fluency and variety of profane or obscene abuse <directed a stream of billingsgate at the cabdriver>.

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