Vitriol meaning

vĭtrē-ōl, -əl
To subject someone to bitter verbal abuse.
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(by extension) Bitterly abusive language.
noun
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A former name for sulfuric acid.
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Bitterly abusive feeling or expression.
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Sharpness or bitterness of feeling, as in speech or writing; venom.
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Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate (green vitriol), zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate (blue vitriol).
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(dated) Sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates.
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The definition of a vitriol is a sulfate of metal, or a very bitter feeling expressed in writing or speaking.

An example of a vitriol is copper sulfate.

An example of a vitriol is a very mean and harsh comment to a friend.

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To expose or subject to vitriol.
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To treat with or as with vitriol.
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Origin of vitriol

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin vitriolum from Late Latin vitreolum neuter of vitreolus of glass from Latin vitreus vitreous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vitriolum (“sulphuric acid"), from Latin vitrum (“glass").

    From Wiktionary