vitriolic

[ vi-tree-ol-ik ]
/ ˌvɪ triˈɒl ɪk /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling vitriol.
obtained from vitriol.
very caustic; scathing: vitriolic criticism.

Nearby words

  1. vitrification,
  2. vitriform,
  3. vitrify,
  4. vitrine,
  5. vitriol,
  6. vitriolize,
  7. vitro,
  8. vitro-,
  9. vitrum,
  10. vitruvian scroll

Origin of vitriolic

First recorded in 1660–70; vitriol + -ic

Related formsnon·vit·ri·ol·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vitriolic

vitriolic

/ (ˌvɪtrɪˈɒlɪk) /

adjective

(of a substance, esp a strong acid) highly corrosive
severely bitter or caustic; virulentvitriolic criticism
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Word Origin and History for vitriolic

vitriolic

adj.

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

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