Also found in: Thesaurus.


 (vī-to͞o′pə-rāt′, -tyo͞o′-, vĭ-)
v. vi·tu·per·at·ed, vi·tu·per·at·ing, vi·tu·per·ates
To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate. See Synonyms at scold.
To use harshly critical or irate language; rail.

[Latin vituperāre, vituperāt-.]

vi·tu′per·a′tor n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
He has amply succeeded in his declared intention of rescuing Ambrose from the hagiographers, and the western homoeans from their vituperators. By providing Ambrose with such worthy opponents, moreover, he allows us to appreciate the bishop's achievement in surviving.