Examples of vitriol in a Sentence
His speech was full of political vitriol.
a film critic noted for the vitriol and sometimes outright cruelty of his pronouncements
Recent Examples of vitriol from the Web
At Cygnet, Driscoll takes on the meaty role of Beatrice, a deeply troubled single mom who heaps vitriol on her adolescent daughters, Tillie (Abby DePuy) and Ruth (Rachel Esther Tate).
This show has a huge wind at its back before the curtain even goes up because of Lindsay-Abaire’s fine script, which just crackles with vitriol and hilarity.
Their vitriol was warranted but also unexpected, since in most of the press coverage of the shooting it had largely been erased.
Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values.
And there's that little detail of Sessions still being the attorney general and resolving not to resign -- no matter the vitriol Trump may fire his way -- unless the president asks.
But Trump’s voting commission appears to have become a magnet for vitriol against the president and Kobach personally.
Notably in Graham Greene's 1938 book Brighton Rock the young anti-hero carries a vial of vitriol that becomes the eventual cause of his demise.
Thus, the Right deems Trump to be a virginal political victim, a neophyte undeserving of his critics’ vitriol.
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Origin and Etymology of vitriol
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsacidity, acidness, acridity, acridness, asperity, bile, bitterness, cattiness, corrosiveness, mordancy, tartness, virulence, virulency, acrimony
Related Wordsgruffness, harshness, hostility, relentlessness, severity, sternness, vehemence; coldness, crossness, discourteousness, iciness, impoliteness, incivility, nastiness, rudeness, sourness, surliness, ungraciousness; anger, animosity, gall, jaundice, malevolence, malice, rancor, scorn, spite, spleen, venom, vindictiveness; jealousy, pique, resentment, sour grapes
Near Antonymscivility, cordiality, courtesy, diplomacy, geniality, graciousness, kindness, politeness, tactfulness; compassion, softness, sweetness, sympathy, tenderness, warmth; oiliness, smoothness, suaveness, suavity, unctuousness, urbanity
VITRIOL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vitriol for English Language Learners
: harsh and angry words
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