from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rebuke or criticize harshly or abusively; berate. See Synonyms at scold.
- intransitive v. To use harshly abusive language; rail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
- v. To use harsh or abusive wording.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To address abusive language to; find fault with abusively; abuse verbally; rate; objurgate.
- Synonyms To revile. vilify, berate, upbraid, rail at. The person or creature vituperated is directly addressed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spread negative information about
Latin vituperāre, vituperāt-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vituperatum, past participle of vituperare ("to blame, censure"), from vitium ("fault, defect") + parare ("to furnish, provide, contrive"). (Wiktionary)