Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M
sallymn
1word1day

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)


Tags: adjective, latin, v, wordsmith: sallymn
Subscribe

  • Sunday Word: Saltings

    saltings [ sawlt-ings] noun: (British English) areas of low ground regularly inundated with salt water, often taken to include their…

  • Tuesday word: Criterion

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Criterion (noun) cri·te·ri·on [krahy-teer-ee-uhn]; plural cri·te·ri·a [-teer-ee-uh] noun a standard of judgment or…

  • Wednesday Word: Peloton

    Peloton - noun. Every now and then a word becomes a brand name, as in the case of everyone's favourite pandemic bike, Peloton. I only discovered…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments