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



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

  1. (transitive) To subject to bitter verbal abuse.
  2. (transitive, metallurgy) To dip in dilute sulphuric acid; to pickle.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To vitriolize.