vi·​tu·​per·​a·​tive | \ vī-ˈtü-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce vituperative (audio) , -pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of vituperative

: uttering or given to censure : containing or characterized by verbal abuse

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Other Words from vituperative

vituperatively adverb

Examples of vituperative in a Sentence

the type of provocative magazine article that is guaranteed to engender vituperative threats of subscription cancellations
Recent Examples on the Web Rajneesh continued giving press interviews and making vituperative comments throughout the rest of July, August, and early September. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Final Year," 12 Apr. 2018 Mandarin speakers often told me how unwelcome they were made to feel, and sometimes went on to talk about Cantonese speakers in vituperative terms. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul," 9 Dec. 2019 By contrast, the years-long battle with Vertex was characterized by vituperative remarks and unusual public posturing. Ed Silverman, STAT, "After years of battling, Vertex and the U.K. reach a deal for cystic fibrosis medicines," 24 Oct. 2019 His current place of work embodies a neighbourly bond that is tightening even as politics becomes more vituperative. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 Her decision to decline the Genesis Award — and the vituperative reaction to that act of dissent — reflects the reality that the Israeli government is no longer interested in indulging the diaspora’s effete concern for the Palestinians’ welfare. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Natalie Portman and the Crisis of Liberal Zionism," 26 Apr. 2018 Loesch is all over it, either monologizing savagely to the camera or nodding in vituperative agreement with her fellow members of the NRATV commentariat. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Live-Streaming the Apocalypse With NRATV," 5 May 2018 Egged on by the vituperative conservative media, even some Republicans who disapprove of Mr Trump are wedded to such tactics. The Economist, "LexingtonPast episodes of presidential wrongdoing have provoked a reaction," 24 Feb. 2018 The slippery slope of civil-rights erosion is manifest every time certain members of the vituperative left open their mouths. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Great Nazi Scare of 2017," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vituperative

1727, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Vituperative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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