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vitriol

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vitriol subject to bitter verbal abuse
    • v vitriol expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
    • n vitriol abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
    • n vitriol (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vitriol (Chem) A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy appearance or luster.
    • Vitriol (Metal) To dip in dilute sulphuric acid; to pickle.
    • Vitriol To vitriolize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vitriol To cleanse from grease, dirt, or loose oxid scale on a metal surface by dipping in a bath of dilute sulphuric acid; pickle.
    • n vitriol Sulphuric acid, or one of many of its compounds, which in certain states have a glassy appearance.
    • n vitriol Ferric sulphate: same as colcothar. Also called vitriol of Mars.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vitriol vit′ri-ol the popular name of sulphuric acid: a soluble sulphate of a metal—green vitriol=sulphate of iron, blue vitriol=sulphate of copper, white vitriol=sulphate of zinc
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vitriol,; cf. Pr. vitriol, vetriol, Sp. & Pg. vitriolo, It. vitriuolo,; fr. L. vitreolus, of glass, vitreus, vitreous. See Vitreous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. vitriolumvitriolus—L. vitreus, of glass.

Usage

In literature:

It scorched her as with vitriol.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
He looked guiltily at her, for he had been about to say some vitriolic things to Masten, having almost lost patience with him.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Back, my pretty gentlemen, lest I throw me vitriol on ye.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
The Inner Light theory has vitriol sprayed upon it.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
F: Dissolved or vitriolated bones.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Suddenly the bulk of a horse loomed beside her and a man's easy, sneering laugh bit into her soul like vitriol.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Legrand can do on two-bob vitriol for all I care.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
He'd give me vitriol, if he thought I'd use it.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
Love never yet held poison to the lips or poured vitriol in a wound.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
This is vitriol, the friend of the injured and the defenceless.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
The political battles of that time were extremely vitriolic, and the fights over territorial politics had been filled with hate.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
He's a queer fellow, but he knows how to use vitriol instead of ink, and it's vitriol we need just now.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
You admit you're jealous, and I've heard that jealous women are built of hell-fire and vitriol.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
What is the antidote for white vitriol?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
It is like gin made of vitriol when mingled with water.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
He understood English, unhappily now for him, and Boone's warning as they mounted seared like vitriol.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
This solution was made by dissolving in water crystals of "blue vitriol" which we bought at the drug store.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills
Vitriol of heavy earth.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Supply a definite object, and it may become vitriolic.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
I warn you fairly: you will find me vitriol in the house.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

How sleepy and chilly are windows
In the twilight hours of frost.
Dry vitriol oil. At the bottom,
A gnat, and expired wasps.
"The spring-it had simply been you" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Arizona's Sheriff Dupnik and the 'vitriol' debate: Do words matter that much .
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is being criticized for his comments linking Saturday's shooting of Rep Gabrielle Giffords and others to antigovernment vitriol.
Vitriol has no place on opinion pages.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Oak Park Heights City Council forum Monday night might have been the antidote to the more vitriolic political campaigns in other area races.
HBO's Lombardo 'Surprised' by Vitriol Aimed at 'Newsroom'.
In Moscow, a throwback to Soviet vitriol .
Wines Worth a Taste, but Not the Vitriol .
Tired of columnists' vitriol .
Sheriff could face recall for ' vitriol ' comments after Tucson shooting.
Political vitriol is cited by some politicians Sunday after the shooting rampage targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics.
Nonetheless, Prima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has told the press that vitriolic political debate may have played a role in the shooting.
Neo-Nazi White's vitriol costs him $545,000.
Why does Bernie's better half inspire such vitriol .
After the Gold Rush, Anger and Vitriol .
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