Definitions for vitriolˈvɪ tri əl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vit•ri•olˈvɪ tri əl(n.)
any of various glassy metallic sulfates, as copper sulfate or iron sulfate.
oil of vitriol; sulfuric acid.
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
vitriol, oil of vitriol, sulfuric acid, sulphuric acid(noun)
(H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
vituperation, invective, vitriol(verb)
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
subject to bitter verbal abuse
sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates
bitterly abusive language; invective or vituperation
to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse
Origin: From vitriolum, from vitrum.
a sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy appearance or luster
sulphuric acid; -- called also oil of vitriol. So called because first made by the distillation of green vitriol. See Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric