vituperation

noun vi·tu·per·a·tion \ (ˌ)vī-ˌtü-pə-ˈrā-shən , və- , -ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of vituperation

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

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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

VITUPERATION Defined for English Language Learners

vituperation

noun

Definition of vituperation for English Language Learners

  • : harsh and angry criticism



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