Definitions

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

  • adj. Using, containing, or marked by harshly abusive censure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. marked by harsh, spoken, or written abuse; abusive, often with ranting or railing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Uttering or writing censure; containing, or characterized by, abuse; scolding; abusive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving to vituperate; containing or expressing abusive censure; abusive.
  • Synonyms Opprobrious, scurrilous.

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

  • adj. marked by harshly abusive criticism

Etymologies

Formed from Latin vituperātiō ("a blaming, censuring") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I find the name vituperative name calling directed at John and Jen, and the questioning of their ethics and motivations, MUCH more offensive than anything that either of them has *ever* posted.

    We Are SO Gonna Get In Trouble For This One...

  • I would hope that anyone else responding to Palomares 'posting would stick to the subject rather than engage in vituperative rejoinder.

    Gay life in Mexico

  • The conviction shared by most of the book's early critics, whether reflective or vituperative, is of the impropriety of the subject.

    Paley, "Apocalypse Without Millennium"

  • Melancholy dissyllable of sound! which, to his ears, was unison to Nincompoop, and every name vituperative under heaven. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • He'd never used that kind of vituperative language with her.

    A Girl's Legs Stirring The Air

  • I kinda' had a hint as to what "vituperative" meant, but only from from context.

    Vituperative, Abstemious, Amaneunsis

  • And we've got to keep it focused on the issues and away from the kind of vituperative attacks we've seen.

    CNN Transcript Feb 21, 2007

  • Now in a rapid descent, Broder's shuffle become more of a mad dash to avoid the fallout of his next instance of lack of lucidity by asserting that Ned Lamont supporters are "vituperative", bloggers of the left are all "angry", and Republican Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Bush sycophant fame, is an "ally of the center".

    Broder Bashes Bloggers While Doing the "Bush Bash"!

  • First of all, I had to look up "vituperative" to see what you meant.

    Anti-War Protest on 29 North at cvillenews.com

  • In a long blog post responding to the bad reviews for Cpedia, the Cuil CEO - who created the search engine with his wife, former Google executive Anna Patterson - lashed out at his critics, calling them "vituperative" and

    GigaOM

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