- 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
-·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 or vit·ri·ol·ling
To expose or subject to vitriol.
Origin of vitriolMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, from Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus, of glass, from Latin vitreus; see vitreous.
(third-person singular simple present vitriols, present participle vitrioling, simple past and past participle vitrioled)