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vitriolic

[vi-tree-ol-ik] /ˌvɪ triˈɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling vitriol.
2.
obtained from vitriol.
3.
very caustic; scathing:
vitriolic criticism.
Origin of vitriolic
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; vitriol + -ic
Related forms
nonvitriolic, adjective
Synonyms
3. acid, bitter.
Antonyms
3. bland, mild.
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  • He let loose some vitriolic verbiage, using Drake as the objective-point.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Even that place of security did not, however, save him from her vitriolic tongue.

    Mam' Lyddy's Recognition Thomas Nelson Page
  • But Casey got him outside and administered a vitriolic lecture that had some effect.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • Proclamations blossomed on every tree, couched in vitriolic language.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • She was in one of her vitriolic moods now because of the Lusitania.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for vitriolic

vitriolic

/ˌvɪtrɪˈɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a substance, esp a strong acid) highly corrosive
2.
severely bitter or caustic; virulent: vitriolic criticism
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Word Origin and History for vitriolic
adj.

1660s, from French vitriolique (16c.) or from vitriol + -ic. Figurative use by 1841.

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