from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, similar to, or derived from a vitriol.
- adj. Bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol
- adj. bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism
- adj. : Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous. Cf. vitriol.
- adj. Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and unpleasantly negative feelings; -- of speech or feelings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to vitriol; having the properties of vitriol, or obtained from vitriol.
- Biting; caustic; very severe or censorious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. harsh or corrosive in tone
- adj. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
Cf. French vitriolique. (Wiktionary)