vituperate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vituperātus, perfect passive participle of vituperō (I blame, I censure), from vitium (fault, defect) + parō (I furnish, I provide, I contrive).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /vɪˈtʃuːpəɹeɪt/, /vɪˈtjuːpəɹeɪt/, /vaɪˈtʃuːpəɹeɪt/, /vaɪˈtjuːpəɹeɪt/

Verb[edit]

vituperate (third-person singular simple present vituperates, present participle vituperating, simple past and past participle vituperated)

  1. (transitive) To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
  2. (transitive) To revile, vilify, defame, go on about or mouth off about someone
  3. (intransitive) To use harsh or abusive wording.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

vituperate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of vituperare
  2. second-person plural imperative of vituperare
  3. feminine plural of vituperato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

vituperāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of vituperō

References[edit]

  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “vituperate”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre