vitriol

noun
vit·​ri·​ol | \ ˈvi-trē-əl How to pronounce vitriol (audio) \

Definition of vitriol

1 : something felt to resemble vitriol especially in caustic quality especially : virulence of feeling or of speech
2a : a sulfate of any of various metals (such as copper, iron, or zinc) especially : a glassy hydrate of such a sulfate

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Other Words from vitriol

vitriolic \ ˌvi-​trē-​ˈä-​lik How to pronounce vitriolic (audio) \ adjective

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

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And the vitriol against Ford is not unlike the kind those who shared their stories using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, experienced. Sarah Stankorb, Glamour, "Are Hashtags Like #MeToo and #BelieveWomen Hurting or Helping Survivors?," 15 Oct. 2018 This newfound Puritan vitriol from the left is ludicrous. WSJ, "Men: Good Character Still Matters, as it Always Has," 5 Oct. 2018 For the past few months, the comments of the royal family’s accounts, especially that of Kensington Palace, have been flooded with vitriol. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kensington Palace Is Taking Action Against Social Media Trolls," 4 Mar. 2019 For his part, Onfroy denied the charges, and had repeatedly spoken with vitriol about Ayala and all who support her claims. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Will XXXTentacion Be Remembered?," 19 June 2018 In private conversations, Mr. Trump lashes out regularly at Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a vitriol that stuns members of his staff. Mark Landler And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump’s Chaos Theory for the Oval Office Is Taking Its Toll," 1 Mar. 2018 While Ford is the one actually under the attack of credible death threats and violent vitriol, Kavanaugh is the person with all the protections of the government. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Death Threats and Discrediting: The Treatment of Christine Blasey Ford Is a Reminder of What's at Stake for Sexual Assault Survivors," 21 Sep. 2018 Hundreds of people swarmed the shop’s phone lines, Facebook , Yelp and Google pages with vitriol and threats. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "An Online Mob’s Faulty Transmission," 23 July 2018 That shouldn't create an instant wave of fan vitriol and demands for the next guy to come in the game. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Shea Patterson is one guy; Michigan football needs more than that," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of vitriol

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for vitriol

Middle English, from Anglo-French vitriole, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, alteration of Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus glassy, from Latin vitreus vitreous

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vitriol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vitriol

formal : harsh and angry words

vitriol

noun
vit·​ri·​ol | \ ˈvi-trē-əl How to pronounce vitriol (audio) \

Medical Definition of vitriol

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

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