His speech was full of political vitriol.
a film critic noted for the vitriol and sometimes outright cruelty of his pronouncements
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Middle English, from Anglo-French vitriole, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, alteration of Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus glassy, from Latin vitreus vitreous