vituperative (adj.) 1727, from VITUPERATE (Cf. vituperate) + -IVE (Cf. -ive). Related: Vituperatively.

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  • Vituperative — Vi*tu per*a*tive, a. Uttering or writing censure; containing, or characterized by, abuse; scolding; abusive. {Vi*tu per*a*tive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Vituperative appellations derived from their real or supposed ill qualities. B. Jonson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vituperative — index calumnious, contemptuous, harsh, libelous, pejorative Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vituperative — *abusive, opprobrious, contumelious, scurrilous Analogous words: *coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene: insulting, offending, outraging (see OFFEND): condemning or condemnatory, denouncing or denunciatory (see corresponding verbs at CRITICIZE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vituperative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bitter and abusive …   English terms dictionary

  • vituperative — [[t]vɪtju͟ːpərətɪv, AM vaɪtu͟ːp [/t]] ADJ GRADED: ADJ n Vituperative remarks are full of hate, anger, or insults. [FORMAL] He is often the victim of vituperative remarks concerning his wealth. of journalism s most vituperative critics. Syn …   English dictionary

  • vituperative — vituperatively, adv. /vuy tooh peuhr euh tiv, peuh ray tiv, tyooh , vi /, adj. characterized by or of the nature of vituperation: vituperative remarks. [1720 30; VITUPERATE + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • vituperative — adjective /vɪˈtjuːpɹətɪv,vaɪˈtjuːpɹətɪv,vɪˈtuːpɹərɪv,vaɪˈtuːpɹərɪv/ marked by harsh spoken or written abuse; abusive, often with ranting or railing Vituperative appellations derived from their real or supposed ill qualities. Syn: abusive,… …   Wiktionary

  • vituperative — vi|tu|pe|ra|tive [vıˈtju:pərətıv US vaıˈtu: ] adj formal full of angry and cruel criticism = ↑vicious ▪ vituperative comments …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vituperative — vi|tu|per|a|tive [ vı tupə,reıtıv, vaı tupə,reıtıv ] adjective VERY FORMAL full of cruel angry criticisms and insults: vituperative comments …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vituperative — UK [vaɪˈtjuːp(ə)rətɪv] / US [vɪˈtupəˌreɪtɪv] / US [vaɪˈtupəˌreɪtɪv] adjective very formal full of cruel angry criticisms and insults vituperative comments …   English dictionary

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