vi·tu·per·ate (vī-tpə-rāt′, -ty-, 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-.]
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