vi·​tu·​per·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)vī-ˌtü-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce vituperation (audio) , və-, -ˈtyü- \

Definition of vituperation

1 : sustained and bitter railing and condemnation : vituperative utterance
2 : an act or instance of vituperating

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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

Examples of vituperation in a Sentence

their vituperation against the president Voters are tired of all the vituperation in this campaign.
Recent Examples on the Web Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting and larger than life, Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years with his talent for vituperation and sarcasm. Matt Sedensky, Star Tribune, "Rush Limbaugh, 'voice of American conservatism,' has died," 17 Feb. 2021 Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting, and larger than life, Mr. Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years with his talent for vituperation and sarcasm. Matt Sedensky, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rush Limbaugh remembered as influential voice of US conservatism," 17 Feb. 2021 Americans rejected the radical vituperation proselytized on the fringes and chose the optimistic tradition of social justice associated with Pope John XXIII. Rahm Emanuel, WSJ, "Biden’s Win for the American System," 28 Dec. 2020 Four years later, in a contest marked by grotesque vituperation, Jefferson beat Adams. Richard Brookhiser, New York Times, "In ‘Friends Divided,’ John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Beg to Differ," 31 Oct. 2017 Mr Hapilon may have presumed that the army would flinch at the prospect of urban warfare, and that Mr Duterte’s frequent vituperation of America meant that American forces would fail to support their Filipino allies. The Economist, "At lastThe Philippine army recaptures a city seized by Muslim insurgents," 17 Oct. 2017 Accordingly, Puerto Ricans experienced many of the same denigrating conditions familiar to African Americans: housing segregation, inferior schools, job discrimination, media vituperation and everyday violence. Frances Negrón-muntaner, The Root, "The Crisis in Puerto Rico Is a Racial Issue. Here’s Why," 12 Oct. 2017 The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing Republicans from embracing an unpopular first draft of legislation to replace Obamacare. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: What the Freedom Caucus stands for," 13 Apr. 2017 In the midst of all the vituperation, only a few lonely voices spoke up for Leopold. Longreads, "Whose Fault Was Dunkirk?," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vituperation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vituperation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vituperation

formal : harsh and angry criticism

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