vitriol

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin vitriolum (sulphuric acid), from Latin vitrum (glass).

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Noun[edit]

vitriol (plural vitriols)

  1. (dated) sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates
  2. (by extension) bitterly abusive language
    • 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[1]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
      For days, online forums sparked with outrage against politicians and race organizers, a tone that turned to vitriol against runners, even from some shaming other runners for being selfish.

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Verb[edit]

vitriol (third-person singular simple present vitriols, present participle vitrioling, simple past and past participle vitrioled)

  1. to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse