- to treat with or as with vitriol, especially sulfuric acid.
Origin of vitriol
Examples from the Web for vitriol
Unfortunately, the attention to appearance also leads to copious amounts of vitriol being spewed at famous women every day.The Outrage Over Beyonce’s Bettie Page Bangs: Why the Media Must Stop Objectifying Women
October 15, 2014
Indeed, few filmmakers get as much bile and vitriol spewed their way as the man behind Madea.Gone Girl’s Biggest Twist Is the Superb Tyler Perry
October 6, 2014
Threats, intimidation, and the usual Internet vitriol sprouted.How Not to Reply to a Racist Tweet
August 11, 2014
This, in turn, feeds into an outpouring of anti-Arab vitriol on social media.Is Twitter Trolling Making the Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse?
July 22, 2014
Just Google “Patrick Wilson Girls backlash,” and wait for the hateful, Lena Dunham-bashing vitriol to bombard your screen.Louis C.K. Apologizes to the ‘Fat Girls’
May 13, 2014
In the Coupeau household the vitriol of l'Assommoir was also commencing its ravages.L'Assommoir
But the cup of retribution is not to be measured by the cup of vitriol.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Her despair was laced with vitriol and she avoided a kind word about anybody.Tristram of Blent
Put 20 drops of weak acid of vitriol into water to be drank at meals.Zoonomia, Vol. II
So Mrs. Morel bought him elixir of vitriol, his favourite first medicine.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
- another name for sulphuric acid
- any one of a number of sulphate salts, such as ferrous sulphate (green vitriol), copper sulphate (blue vitriol), or zinc sulphate (white vitriol)
- speech, writing, etc, displaying rancour, vituperation, or bitterness
- to attack or injure with or as if with vitriol
- to treat with vitriol
Word Origin and History for vitriol
late 14c., "sulphate of iron," from Old French vitriol (13c.), from Medieval Latin vitriolum "vitriol," from neuter of vitriolus, from Late Latin vitreolus "of glass," from Latin vitreus "of glass, glassy," from vitrium "glass" (see vitreous). So called from its glassy appearance in certain states. Meaning "bitter or caustic feelings" first attested 1769, in reference to the corrosive properties of vitriol (when heated it produces sulfuric acid, formerly called oil of vitriol).
- Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate.
- sulfuric acid
- A former name for sulfuric acid.
- Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate (green vitriol), zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate (blue vitriol). See also blue vitriol.