AskDefine | Define vituperate

Dictionary Definition

vituperate v : spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews" [syn: vilify, revile, rail]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
  2. To use harsh or abusive wording.


  • (criticize in a harsh or abusive manner) scold, berate
  • (use harsh or abusive wording) rail


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abuse, asperse, assail, attack, bark at, bawl out, berate, betongue, blacken, blackguard, blame, call names, calumniate, castigate, censure, chasten, chew out, chide, condemn, curse, cuss out, damn, decry, denounce, deprecate, depreciate, devaluate, devalue, diminish, disparage, epithet, epithetize, execrate, fulminate against, inculpate, jaw, lambaste, lash, load with reproaches, malign, put down, rag, rail, rail at, rate, rave against, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, revile, run down, scold, swear at, thunder against, tongue-lash, traduce, upbraid, vilify, yell at, yelp at
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