Vituperate definition

vī-to͝opə-rāt, -tyo͝o-, vĭ-
To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
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To use harshly critical or irate language; rail.
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To speak abusively to or about; berate; revile.
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To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner.
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Vituperate is defined as to speak meanly about someone or something.

An example of vituperate is to gossip harshly behind someone's back.

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(intransitive) To use harsh or abusive wording.
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Origin of vituperate

  • Latin vituperāre vituperāt-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary