Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, similar to, or derived from a vitriol.
  • adjective Bitterly scathing; caustic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to vitriol; having the properties of vitriol, or obtained from vitriol.
  • Biting; caustic; very severe or censorious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Chem.) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous. Cf. vitriol.
  • adjective Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and unpleasantly negative feelings; -- of speech or feelings.
  • adjective (Old Chem.), [Colloq.] sulphuric acid. See Vitriol (b).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol
  • adjective bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism
  • adjective chemistry : Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective harsh or corrosive in tone
  • adjective of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

Etymologies

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Cf. French vitriolique.

Examples

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    March 10, 2007

  • "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

    July 24, 2007

  • Jerry Falwell & Pat Robertson (separate or together)

    December 1, 2007