- An example of a vitriol is copper sulfate.
- An example of a vitriol is a very mean and harsh comment to a friend.
The definition of a vitriol is a sulfate of metal, or a very bitter feeling expressed in writing or speaking.
- any of several sulfates of metals, as copper sulfate (blue vitriol), iron sulfate (green vitriol), or zinc sulfate (white vitriol)
- sulfuric acid
- sharpness or bitterness of feeling, as in speech or writing; venom
Origin of vitriolMiddle English from Middle French from Medieval Latin vitriolum, vitriol from Late Latin vitreolus, glassy from Classical Latin vitreus, glassy: from the glassy appearance
transitive verb-·oled· or -·olled·, -·ol·ing or -·ol·ling
to treat with or as with vitriol
- a. See sulfuric acid.b. Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate.
- Bitterly abusive feeling or expression.
transitive verbvit·ri·oled, vit·ri·ol·ing, vit·ri·ols, or vit·ri·olled vit·ri·ol·ling
To expose or subject to vitriol.
Origin of vitriolMiddle English metal sulfate from Old French from Medieval Latin vitriolum from Late Latin vitreolum neuter of vitreolus of glass (metal sulfates being so described because of the glassy appearance of their crystals) from Latin vitreus glassy, of glass ; see vitreous.
(third-person singular simple present vitriols, present participle vitrioling, simple past and past participle vitrioled)