vitriol

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noun vit·ri·ol \ˈvi-trē-əl\

Definition of vitriol

  1. 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. 2 :  something felt to resemble vitriol especially in caustic quality; especially :  virulence of feeling or of speech

vitriolic

play \ˌvi-trē-ˈä-lik\ adjective

Examples of vitriol in a sentence

  1. His speech was full of political vitriol.

  2. <a film critic noted for the vitriol and sometimes outright cruelty of his pronouncements>

Origin and Etymology 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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VITRIOL Defined for English Language Learners

vitriol

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noun vit·ri·ol \ˈvi-trē-əl\

Definition of vitriol for English Language Learners

  • : harsh and angry words


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vitriol

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noun vit·ri·ol \ˈvi-trē-əl\

Medical Definition of vitriol

  1. 1:  a sulfate of any of various metals (as copper, iron, or zinc)

  2. 2:  oil of vitriol


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