n.1.The act of upbraiding or taunting; a reproach; a taunt.
Improperatios and terms of scurrility.
- Sir T. Browne
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The famoso caso di Sciacca, in Savasta's version thus runs through almost the whole lexicon of vendetta themes: the broken marriage promise, the escalating feud, improperation, the maltreatment of a captive, bodily mutilation.