vituperate

  • 1 Vituperate — Vi*tu per*ate (?; 277), v. t. [L. vituperatus, p. p. of vituperare to blame, vituperate; vitium a fault + parare to prepare. See {Vice} a fault, and {Pare}, v. t.] To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 vituperate — index castigate, condemn (blame), contemn, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), impeach …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 vituperate — (v.) 1540s, from L. vituperatus, pp. of vituperare (see VITUPERATION (Cf. vituperation)). Not in common use until the beginning of the 19th c. [OED]. Related: Vituperated; vituperating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 vituperate — revile, berate, rate, upbraid, *scold, tongue lash, jaw, bawl, chew out, wig, rail Analogous words: condemn, denounce, censure, blame, reprehend, reprobate (see CRITICIZE): vilify, asperse, traduce, *malign, calumniate: *execrate, objurgate… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 vituperate — [v] criticize harshly abuse, accuse, asperse, bark at*, bawl out*, berate, blame, calumniate, castigate, censure, chew out*, condemn, curse, denounce, find fault, growl, insult, lambaste*, lash, malign, rail, rate, reproach, revile, rip into*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 vituperate — [vī to͞o′pər āt΄, vito͞o′pər āt΄; vītyo͞o′pər āt΄, vityo͞o′pər āt΄] vt. vituperated, vituperating [< L vituperatus, pp. of vituperare, to blame < vitium, a fault, VICE1 + parare, to PREPARE] to speak abusively to or about; berate; revile… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 vituperate — verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin vituperatus, past participle of vituperare, from vitium fault + parare to make, prepare more at pare Date: 1542 transitive verb to abuse or censure severely or abusively ; berate intransitive verb to use harsh …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 vituperate — vituperator, n. /vuy tooh peuh rayt , tyooh , vi /, v.i., v.t., vituperated, vituperating. to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile. [1535 45; < L vituperatus (ptp. of vituperare to spoil, blame), equiv. to vitupera(re) (vitu ,… …

    Universalium

  • 9 vituperate — verb a) To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate. b) To use harsh or abusive wording. Syn …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 vituperate — Synonyms and related words: abuse, asperse, assail, attack, bark at, bawl out, berate, betongue, blacken, blackguard, blame, call names, calumniate, castigate, censure, chasten, chew out, chide, condemn, curse, cuss out, damn, decry, denounce,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 11 vituperate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. vilify, abuse, revile; reproach, inveigh (against), rebuke, scold, upbraid; objurgate, tongue lash. See detraction, disapprobation. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. scold, berate, censure, verbally …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 vituperate —  , vituperative. vivacious, vivacity …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 13 vituperate — vi·tu·per·ate || vaɪ tuːpÉ™reɪt /vɪ tju v. condemn or rebuke in a harsh abusive way …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 vituperate — [vɪ tju:pəreɪt, vʌɪ ] verb archaic blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language. Derivatives vituperator noun Origin C16 (earlier (ME) as vituperation): from L. vituperat , vituperare censure, disparage …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 vituperate — v. a. (Rare.) Find fault with, scold, censure, overwhelm with abuse, abuse, vilify, revile, reproach, berate, rate, upbraid, rail at, objurgate …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 16 vituperate — v 1. censure, find fault with, slate, dispraise, reprove, reproach, reprobate, cry down, run down, Inf. dress down, disapprove, frown upon; inculpate, blame, incriminate, criminate, take to task, call to account; condemn, denounce, rate,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 17 vituperate — vi·tu·per·ate …

    English syllables

  • 18 vituperate — vi•tu•per•ate [[t]vaɪˈtu pəˌreɪt, ˈtyu , vɪ [/t]] v. at•ed, at•ing 1) to use harsh or abusive language 2) to censure harshly; revile • Etymology: 1535–45; < L vituperātus, ptp. of vituperāre to spoil, blame =vitu , var. of viti , s. of vitium… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 vituperate — [c]/vəˈtjupəreɪt / (say vuh tyoohpuhrayt), /vaɪ / (say vuy ) verb (vituperated, vituperating) –verb (t) 1. to find fault with abusively. 2. to address abusive language to; revile; objurgate. –verb (i) 3. to use abusive language. {Latin… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 vituperate —   v.i.,v.t. speak bitterly, harshly or abusively (of).    ♦ vituperation,    ♦ vituperator, n.    ♦ vituperative,    ♦ vituperatory, a …

    Dictionary of difficult words