American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See sulfuric acid.
- n. Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate.
- n. Bitterly abusive feeling or expression.
- v. To expose or subject to vitriol.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cleanse from grease, dirt, or loose oxid scale on a metal surface by dipping in a bath of dilute sulphuric acid; pickle.
- n. Sulphuric acid, or one of many of its compounds, which in certain states have a glassy appearance.
- n. Ferric sulphate: same as colcothar. Also called vitriol of Mars.
- n. dated sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates
- n. by extension bitterly abusive language
- v. to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq., colloq. A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy appearance or luster.
- n. colloq. Sulphuric acid; -- called also
oil of vitriol. So called because first made by the distillation of green vitriol. See Sulphuric acid, under sulphuric.
- v. (Metal.) To dip in dilute sulphuric acid; to pickle.
- v. colloq. To vitriolize.
- n. abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
- n. (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
- v. expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
- v. subject to bitter verbal abuse
- From Latin vitriolum ("sulphuric acid"), from Latin vitrum ("glass"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, from Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus, of glass, from Latin vitreus; see vitreous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term vitriol is also an acronym for "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone.”
“Both suits are pending, with a hearing set for Oct. 14 in state Superior Court in Napa in one of the cases, but the vitriol is already flying.”
“Your vitriol is almost always concentrated on those not left ENOUGH.”
“This vitriol is a sign that we are still crabs in a barrel.”
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“A new report by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund was released yesterday showing a close correlation between the increase in vitriol rhetoric associated with the immigration debate and a troubling rise in hate crimes against Hispanics and those “perceived” as immigrants.”
“The more marginalized these people become and the more vitriol is broadcast, the greater the danger of more incidents.”
“And with regard to the wing-nuts, the anti-Pelosi vitriol is in full gear.”
“Actually, a lot of vitriol is being directed against Egypt for maintaining the blockade.”
“How much vitriol is being spent against Egypt and their portion of the blockade?”
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