July 21st, 2019

words 6

Sunday Word: Vituperative

vituperative [vahy-too-per-uh-tiv, -puh-rey-tiv, -tyoo-, vi-]
adjective:

1 bitter and abusive

2 uttering or given to censure : containing or characterized by verbal abuse

Examples:

Loesch is all over it, either monologizing savagely to the camera or nodding in vituperative agreement with her fellow members of the NRATV commentariat. (James Parker, Live-Streaming the Apocalypse With NRATV, The Atlantic)

There would seem to have been no actual counterpart in these languages to the vituperative swearing of modern days. (Julian Sharman, A Cursory History of Swearing)

Now she turned on Anstice fiercely and poured out a stream of vituperative Italian which conveyed little or nothing to his mind. (Kathlyn Rhodes, Afterwards)

Origin:

1727, from vitupetate, a back-formation from vituperation or else from Latin vituperatus, past participle of vituperare. (Online Etymology Dictioary)