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

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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 Their allegiance was met by this unholy alliance of perfidious greed devolving rapidly into the audacity of vituperative unparalleled predatory rapacity. Fortune, "24 Facts You May Not Know About Warren Buffett," 31 Aug. 2017 But vituperative disagreements over trade miss the point — trade relations are dwarfed in importance by capital flows. Wade Jacoby, Washington Post, "Donald Trump just threatened Germany over trade. Here’s what you need to know," 30 May 2017 Sixty-three percent of those surveyed after Wednesday’s vituperative exchange said that the centrist candidate put in a stronger performance. Isobel Finkel,, "Traders Vote Macron as Le Pen Vows to Wipe the Smiles Off Their Faces," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of vituperative

1727, in the meaning defined above

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