What does vitriolic mean?

Definitions for vitriolicˌvɪ triˈɒl ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vitriolic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)

    harsh or corrosive in tone

    "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

  2. caustic, corrosive, erosive, vitriolic, mordant(adj)

    of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action


  1. Vitriolic(a.)

    Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and unpleasantly negative feelings; -- of speech or feelings; the vitriolic denunciations of opponents by partisan columnists.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. vitriolique.]


  1. vitriolic(Adjective)

    of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol

  2. vitriolic(Adjective)

    bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism

  3. vitriolic(Adjective)

    : Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.

  4. Origin: Cf. vitriolique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vitriolic(adj)

    of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste. Cf. Vitriol

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. vitriolique.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vitriolic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vitriolic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    I am running for president because, in these difficult times, against vitriolic Republican rhetoric, we must protect a woman's right to choose and we must defend Planned Parenthood.

  2. Eric Dinerstein:

    This debate— it’s a bit vitriolic, and I don’t think it’s that helpful, what we should be focusing on is the tremendous capacity for tigers to recover if given the right kind of circumstance and protection.

  3. Brad Pitt:

    And you know, after that, we've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court—it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.

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