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Jul 28, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
equanimous
mumpish
compunctious
vituperative

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vituperative

PRONUNCIATION:
(vy-TOO-puhr-uh-tiv, -TYOO-, vi-)

MEANING:
adjective: Criticizing bitterly, scathing, abusive.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin vituperare (to blame), from vitium (fault) + parare (to make or prepare). Earliest documented use: 1727.

USAGE:
“Korean Internet users are capable of being equally vituperative, particularly over the disputed island of Tokto.”
Richard Lloyd; McDonald’s Serves Up Asian Bowing Row; The Times (London, UK); Apr 14, 2016.

See more usage examples of vituperative in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. -Karl Popper, philosopher and a professor (28 Jul 1902-1994)

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