vituperation

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See also: vitupération

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin vituperātiō (censure, blame), equivalent to vituperate +‎ -ion

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  • IPA(key): /vɪˌtupɚˈe(ɪ)ʃən/
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  • Hyphenation: vi‧tu‧per‧a‧tion

Noun[edit]

vituperation (countable and uncountable, plural vituperations)

  1. The act of vituperating; severely blaming or censuring.
  2. Criticism or invective that is sustained and overly harsh; abuse, severe blame or censure.
    • 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “Hard Words”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, [], OCLC 1118026626, page 78:
      "Do you call me a spy?" / "And what have you called me? Because you are a husband, is the privilege of vituperation to be all on your side?"

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