Vituperation is a noun that refers to critical, abusive language. It's always a messy scene when a political debate slips into vituperation.

Vituperation is from the Latin root words vitium, meaning "a fault or defect," and parare, meaning provide, which combined to make vituperare meaning "disparage." Vituperation can also be used to refer to feelings of bitter resentment and deep-seated antipathy toward another — like your vituperation toward the meter maid who just placed that ticket on your windshield.

Definitions of vituperation
  1. noun
    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
    synonyms: invective, vitriol
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    type of:
    abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification
    a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
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