V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. filled with hatred and violence; 2. purposely hurtful and scathing

Synonyms: hateful, biting, harsh, hurtful, scathing, bitter, caustic, acrimonious

Antonyms: flattering, sweet, nice

Tips: Vitriolic is derived from vitriol, which is a highly corrosive acid. It is also used to denote hatred and anger expressed through harsh language or criticism. Vitriolic describes language that is scathing, bitter, and damaging. It also describes corrosive substances, such as acid. Vitriolic is similar to virulent; vitriolic is derived from acid, virulent is derived from poison.

Usage Examples:

The politician launched a vitriolic attack on the character of his opponent. (bitter, hateful, scathing)

The two men exchanged vitriolic insults just before the fight broke out. (hateful, hurtful, bitter)

The play received mixed reviews that ranged from flattering to vitriolic. (hash, biting, scathing)

The vitriol with which she criticized her boss shocked us all. (hatred, anger, bitterness) noun

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