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vituperate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vituperate spread negative information about "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Vituperate To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vituperate To address abusive language to; find fault with abusively; abuse verbally; rate; objurgate.
    • vituperate Synonyms To revile. vilify, berate, upbraid, rail at. The person or creature vituperated is directly addressed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vituperate vī-tū′pe-rāt to find fault with: to address with abuse: to rate soundly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vituperatus, p. p. of vituperare, to blame, vituperate; vitium, a fault + parare, to prepare. See Vice a fault, and Pare (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vituperāre, -ātumvitium, a fault, parāre, to set out.

Usage

In literature:

Calmly had Aaron Burr pursued his upward and onward course, simply smiling at the vituperation of Hamilton.
"Jukes-Edwards" by A. E. Winship
The Lord restrains them from indulging in vituperation beyond fixed limits.
"Earths In Our Solar System Which Are Called Planets, and Earths In The Starry Heaven Their Inhabitants, And The Spirits And Angels There" by Emanuel Swedenborg
Then again shall we be led to believe that your praises and your vituperations are equally unpurchasable.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
I am amazed at the lack of imagination in the vituperation of honorable men opposite.
"Lloyd George" by Frank Dilnot
He bore her vituperation patiently, as it was his only chance of getting his way.
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
When the Chemist appeared this man stopped with a final phrase of vituperation and a wave of his fist towards the house.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Oh, the writer can well afford to be vituperated by your pseudo-Radicals of '32!
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
Pratt sighed, understood perfectly the meaning of all this vituperation.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
He swore; his Kees dog yapped; his children cried and his wife vituperated.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
Officers and men were liberal in their vituperation.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
She hated Leslie's patronizing insolence more than she hated her open vituperation.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
The more formidable of the two, with much vituperation, declared she would not stay where the other one was.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
For caustic wit and tremendous power of vituperation, I scarcely know any controversial works which surpass, or even equal them.
"Notes and Queries, Number 182, April 23, 1853" by Various
But vituperation is not argument, and abuse proves nothing.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Every sonnetteer of the sixteenth century, at some point in his career, devoted his energies to vituperation of a cruel siren.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Florian laughed at the squire, who took it in dudgeon; Florian answered his vituperations, and was marched off to prison.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
What is it that renders ridicule more insupportable than vituperation?
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
Five reporters were politely listening to Mr. Goodchild's vituperations.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
Miss Dymmock's vituperations had not been all for the male delinquent.
"A Traitor's Wooing" by Headon Hill
A new customer approached Yente's stall, and Taube, standing by idle, passed the time in vituperations.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
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In news:

During the team's recent seven game losing streak, the sportswriters never missed a chance to vituperate the coach.
The chatter that actress Ashley Judd might make a run for Senate in her home state of Kentucky has prompted preemptive vituperation from the state's Republican delegation.
Anticipating another deluge of electronic vituperation, I begin this week's post with a disclaimer: I do not mean to seriously suggest that the bike industry is a religious cult, or anything like it.
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In science:

The main one, for our purposes, was the (vituperated) law that the “speed of the motion due to the Sun is inversely proportional to the distance to the Sun”, see below.
Quasi periodic motions from Hipparchus to Kolmogorov
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