- (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.
- (transitive) To revile, vilify, defame, go on about or mouth off about someone
- (intransitive) To use harsh or abusive wording.
- (criticize in a harsh or abusive manner): scold, berate, rile
- see also: Thesaurus:criticize
- (use harsh or abusive wording): rail
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- vituperate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- vituperate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- vituperate at OneLook Dictionary Search