Definitions

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  • n. One who vituperates, or censures abusively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who vituperates, or censures abusively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who vituperates; one who censures abusively; a reprehender; a reviler.

Etymologies

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From Latin vituperator.

Examples

  • After radio-vituperator Bill Cunningham brought his bile center stage last week, the ugliness of the tirade brought a quick and straight McCain apology.

    Michael Ames: The Right Unites Against Obama

  • The columnist is a right-wing vituperator who usually eschews vogue words, but in this case wrote of “the sort of smashmouth campaign that the Democrats perfected.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • The best admonition to those who would blithely practice rope-a-trope came from the nineteenth-century vituperator William Cobbett, who told a rival in political pamphleteering, “When I see you flourishing with a metaphor, I feel as much anxiety as I do when I see a child playing with a razor.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • He opined that the like of, as used by the English vituperator William Cobbett in the late eighteenth century, was “generally in the plural” today.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The pioneering Gillray drew drawings that drew blood, taking on even the feared journalistic vituperator William Cobbett; by the time the caricaturist died insane in 1815, he had forever saddled the eminent jurist, Buller, with the name “Judge Thumb.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The New York people all but hanged the principal vituperator of this country; but as he and his accomplices preferred conversion to execution, they were thenceforth permitted to rail against us from another platform, and England was denounced as a hypocrite because she was not, heart and soul, for an anti-slavery war.

    London: Saturday, October 8, 1864

  • Cobbett was a grand, angry vituperator, who would never have starved himself for a year by parroting scab.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 4

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