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

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 People are more vituperative with one another and going after each other. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 Fewer panels with vituperative and partisan guests. Andy Meek, Forbes, 5 June 2022 His emails contained vile, vicious and vituperative language, which gushed from the decadence embedded in his heart. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 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,, 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, 5 Jan. 2021 Daphne vilified him, for this and other fumbles, in an increasingly vituperative tone. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 Kicking off a midcareer surge, Streep brings a thrilling, fierce originality to her vituperative fashion guru. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 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, 28 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of vituperative

1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Vituperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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