Word of the Day: vituperative
origin: from Latin, "vituperare", meaning 'to make fault'
1. Using or marked by harshly abusive censure.
"Hillary Clinton in particular has been singled out as a target for
vituperative GOP and right-wing attacks. She has been referred to
as Lady Macbeth of Little Rock, the Winnie Mandela of American
Politics, the Smiling Barracuda and That Dowdy Feminazi."
--Larry Jordan, "Midwest Today", June 1994
"David Brin's delightfully prescient cyberpunk novel Earth
describes something called a 'courtesy worm.' 'It is a guerrilla
program - an illegal virus - that goes around targeting people who
are too angry and vituperative on the Net. Attracted by unsavory,
scatological, and ad hominem phrasing, the worm gets into the
flamers' system and announces, 'Hello. You have been infected by
the program Emilypost because your presence on the Net is impinging
upon the rights and enjoyment of others."
--David Dix, "Advertising in the Interactive Age", Wired Magazine
"The complaint contends that the newspaper has criticized
sharply, and in uncomplimentary terms, plaintiffs' expressive
activity in front of the White House and in Lafayette Park. But it
is a core purpose of the First Amendment to protect the newspaper's
right to publish even vituperative editorials, hostile cartoons,
and news articles critical of opponents in a political debate."
--Thomas v US, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Publish Date: 01/20/2011