Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "vitriol" []

  • See sulfuric acid. (noun)
  • Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate. (noun)
  • Bitterly abusive feeling or expression. (noun)
  • To expose or subject to vitriol. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vitriol" in a sentence
  • "The term vitriol is also an acronym for "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone.""
  • "Both suits are pending, with a hearing set for Oct. 14 in state Superior Court in Napa in one of the cases, but the vitriol is already flying."
  • "Your vitriol is almost always concentrated on those not left ENOUGH."