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
Burke is familiar with all brands of internet vitriol.
The vitriol from unhappy fan bases is at an all-time high due to social media.
There was a time when a trip to the hostile Stade Velodrome, and the seething anti-Parisian vitriol that awaits there, was a daunting trip.
For example, the reliance on acid in batteries accounts for its ubiquity in laboratories and why vitriol (essentially sulfuric acid) became weaponized in both fiction and fact.
How, then, do so many people watching on TV manage to see only an outrageous display of anti-American vitriol instead?
Breitbart succeeds with bombast, shamelessness, vitriol, sensationalism, and ugly appeals to ethnic anxieties.
Then there’s the common penchant for vitriol, misogyny, philandry, aggressive tanning, and pompous neckwear.
Internet chat rooms and sports talk radio shows across the state crackled with vitriol for much of the past week.
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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
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