- 1Bitter criticism or malice: her mother’s sudden gush of fury and vitriolMore example sentences
- You couldn't mention one to the other without splenetic vitriol pouring out.
- It's something of a disappointment when you had been hoping for a tirade of vitriol against humanity.
- The vitriol rolled off his tongue for nearly 20 minutes.
- 2 • archaic or • literary Sulphuric acid: it was as if his words were spraying vitriol on her faceMore example sentences
- Thus was devised an apparently skillful method of deflecting his perceived humiliation, which in reality is no humiliation at all, by pouring vitriol on the nation lest his own face catch fire.
- Spectacularly well-timed, I agree, but unfortunately I spilt all my vitriol on another carpet, so I can't reproduce it with the same passion here.
late Middle English (denoting the sulphate of various metals): from Old French, or from medieval Latin vitriolum, from Latin vitrum 'glass'.
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