Simple Definition of vitriol
: harsh and angry words
Full Definition of vitriol
1 a : a sulfate of any of various metals (as copper, iron, or zinc); especially : a glassy hydrate of such a sulfate b : oil of vitriol
2 : something felt to resemble vitriol especially in caustic quality; especially : virulence of feeling or of speech
Examples of vitriol
His speech was full of political vitriol.
<a film critic noted for the vitriol and sometimes outright cruelty of his pronouncements>
Origin of vitriol
Middle English, from Anglo-French vitriole, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, alteration of Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus glassy, from Latin vitreus vitreous
First Known Use: 14th century
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