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vituperate

vi·tu·per·ate

vituperate

 
 
pronunciation:
vaI tu p reIt [or] vih tu p reIt [or] vaI tyu p reIt [or] vih tyu p reIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: vituperated, vituperates, vituperating
definition: to condemn sharply; blame; berate.
The author was vituperated for publishing what his critics called a work of blasphemy.
antonyms:
acclaim
similar words:
objurgate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to criticize someone or something in harsh or abusive terms (often fol. by against); rail.
Student groups in the 1980s vituperated against South Africa's policy of apartheid.
derivations: vituperative (adj.), vituperatively (adv.), vituperativeness (n.), vituperator (n.)