vituperation


vituperation

noun

  1. verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.

noun

  1. abusive language or venomous censure
  2. the act of vituperating
n.

mid-15c. (implied in vituperable), but rare before early 19c., from Latin vituperationem (nominative vituperatio) “blame, censuring,” from past participle stem of vituperare “disparage,” from vitiperos “having faults,” from vitium “fault, defect” (see vice (n.1)) + parare “prepare, provide, procure” (see pare). Vituperatio was stronger than either Latin reprehensio or Modern English vituperation.

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