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vituperation

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noun vi·tu·per·a·tion \(ˌ)vī-ˌtü-pə-ˈrā-shən, və-, -ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of vituperation

  • : harsh and angry criticism

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vituperation

  1. 1 :  sustained and bitter railing and condemnation :  vituperative utterance

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of vituperating

Examples of vituperation in a sentence

  1. their vituperation against the president

  2. Voters are tired of all the vituperation in this campaign.



15th Century

First Known Use of vituperation

15th century

Synonym Discussion of vituperation

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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