Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To rebuke or criticize harshly or abusively; berate. See Synonyms at scold.
  • intransitive v. To use harshly abusive language; rail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
  • v. To use harsh or abusive wording.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To address abusive language to; find fault with abusively; abuse verbally; rate; objurgate.
  • Synonyms To revile. vilify, berate, upbraid, rail at. The person or creature vituperated is directly addressed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. spread negative information about

Etymologies

Latin vituperāre, vituperāt-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vituperatum, past participle of vituperare ("to blame, censure"), from vitium ("fault, defect") + parare ("to furnish, provide, contrive"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "There are moments," writes poet Charles Simic in Harper's, "when true invective is called for, when it becomes an absolute necessity, out of a deep sense of justice, to denounce, mock, vituperate, lash out, in the strongest possible language."

    Paul Loeb: 'Soul Of A Citizen': The Redeemable Spark: Reaching Out To People Whose Actions May Appall Us

  • Instead of preaching to the choir, challenge them, educate them, de-vituperate them.

    Report: Edwards Thinks Hillary Has Courted Him More Effectively

  • Put it this way: to the extent that they exist now, the “real Republicans” vituperate them and drive them off.

    Balloon Juice » 2007 » March

  • Ambassador Spring Rice, nearing sixty and now as bald as his uncle, came daily to vituperate against his new rival, Lord Northcliffe, who had been sent to coordinate the British war effort in the United States.

    The Five of Hearts

  • You are aware, of course, that because we have compulsory voting that the so-called "swinging voters" that you vituperate are usually only voting to avoid being fined.

    holy shit, it's all over tomorrow!

  • Simic has also written, in a 1995 essay called “In Praise of Invective,” these ringing words: “There are moments in life when true invective is called for, when there comes an absolute necessity, out of a deep sense of justice, to denounce, mock, vituperate, lash out, rail at in the strongest possible language.”

    Charles Simic -- New Poet Laureate

  • The intollerant and vituperate Republicans were removed and the Democrats reached the majority party!

    Think Progress » Pundit Attacking Muslim Congressman Is Bush Appointee to Holocaust Memorial Board

  • According to Omer Englebert's hagiography (i) n the presence of the Moors they soon began to vituperate Mohammed, asserting that he was burning in the pit of hell and that all his followers would certainly join him there.

    10/01/2002 - 11/01/2002

  • Veienti, to whom (as has been said) it was not enough to make war against the Romans, but they also had to vituperate them with words, and went up to the very stockade of their camp to speak their insults, irritating them more with words than with arms: and those soldiers who at first fought unwillingly, constrained the

    Discourses

  • And although these things are so, some of these men have proceeded to such a degree of temerity, that they even pour contempt upon the martyrs, and vituperate those who are slain on account of the confession of the Lord, and who suffer all things predicted by the

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

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