vituperation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vituperation abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vituperation The act of vituperating; abuse; severe censure; blame. "When a man becomes untractable and inaccessible by fierceness and pride, then vituperation comes upon him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vituperation The act of vituperating; censure with abusive terms; abuse; railing.
    • n vituperation Synonyms Objurgation, scolding, reviling, upbraiding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vituperation act of vituperating: censure: abuse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vituperatio,: cf. OF. vituperation,. See Vituperate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vituperāre, -ātumvitium, a fault, parāre, to set out.

Usage

In literature:

From the safe height of a saber, monkeys showered vituperations upon them.
"The California Birthday Book" by Various
Then he sprang to his feet and began hurling vituperation at them at the top of his lungs.
"The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone" by Richard Bonner
And to-night, towards twelve o'clock, it dropped and broke in a welter of vituperation.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
The day after that on which he had spewed such furious vituperation over the Tribunal, Gilles de Rais appeared again before his judges.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
He should leave personal vituperation to him: he is more active, defter, and more willing to do such dirty work.
"Sketches In The House (1893)" by T. P. O'Connor
The proposal duly took place in a bunker, while Eileen was whimsically vituperating her ball.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Forster flinched under the vituperation levelled at his head.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
A dozen curs from the lodge resented our intrusion with canine vituperation.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
In point of fact, vituperation and sarcasm were his chief weapons of offence.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
There remains the constantly repeated vituperation of the climate of St. Helena.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
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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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