vitriol

noun vit·ri·ol \ ˈvi-trē-əl \

Definition of vitriol

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

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

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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

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VITRIOL Defined for English Language Learners

vitriol

noun

Definition of vitriol for English Language Learners

  • : harsh and angry words


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vitriol

noun vit·ri·ol \ ˈvi-trē-əl \

medical Definition of vitriol

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

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