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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vituperatively adverb

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the type of provocative magazine article that is guaranteed to engender vituperative threats of subscription cancellations
Recent Examples on the Web Even so, Biden should be able to push through some measures that garner bipartisan support, such as another round of stimulus payments, an infrastructure bill, and a less vituperative trade policy. Tom Keane,, "Three reasons why I know we have a great couple years ahead," 18 Jan. 2021 One of Temur’s texts, read aloud during cross-examination, stood out as especially vituperative, not to mention anatomically impossible. New York Times, "It’s Mother vs. Son in Britain’s Priciest Divorce War," 5 Jan. 2021 Daphne vilified him, for this and other fumbles, in an increasingly vituperative tone. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 Kicking off a midcareer surge, Streep brings a thrilling, fierce originality to her vituperative fashion guru. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "7 of Meryl Streep's most memorable performances in roles big and small," 8 Dec. 2020 The most notable thing about Cruz’s bromide was not its vituperative tone, but the fact that it was directed at Dorsey and not the other two CEOs called to testify, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230," 28 Oct. 2020 By definition, presidential campaigns are anxious affairs, often defined by vituperative rhetoric and high-volume antics. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Torched Trump signs, raised middle fingers: Why D.C. can’t wait for the election to end," 26 Oct. 2020 What’s more, the world remains afflicted by a lethal pandemic and the United States is enduring a vituperative and divisive election campaign. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "How to Hold Onto Your Money, Wherever the Market Takes You," 10 Oct. 2020 The show is despite all this, somehow, a comedy, full of vituperative one-liners and thistle-sharp insults. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Great,” Reviewed: A Proudly Fictional, Pleasurably Vulgar Spin on Catherine the Great," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of vituperative

1727, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Vituperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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