Definitions for vitriolˈvɪ tri əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vit•ri•olˈvɪ tri əl(n.)

  1. any of various glassy metallic sulfates, as copper sulfate or iron sulfate.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. oil of vitriol; sulfuric acid.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.

Origin of vitriol:

1350–1400; ME < ML vitreolum= L vitre(us)vitreous+-olum, neut. of -olus -ole1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vitriol, oil of vitriol, sulfuric acid, sulphuric acid(noun)

    (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry

  2. vituperation, invective, vitriol(verb)

    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

  3. vitriol(verb)

    expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol

  4. vitriol(verb)

    subject to bitter verbal abuse


  1. vitriol(Noun)

    sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates

  2. vitriol(Noun)

    bitterly abusive language; invective or vituperation

  3. vitriol(Verb)

    to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse

  4. Origin: From vitriolum, from vitrum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vitriol(noun)

    a sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy appearance or luster

  2. Vitriol(noun)

    sulphuric acid; -- called also oil of vitriol. So called because first made by the distillation of green vitriol. See Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric


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