Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, similar to, or derived from a vitriol.
  • adj. Bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol
  • adj. bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism
  • adj. : Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous. Cf. vitriol.
  • adj. Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and unpleasantly negative feelings; -- of speech or feelings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to vitriol; having the properties of vitriol, or obtained from vitriol.
  • Biting; caustic; very severe or censorious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. harsh or corrosive in tone
  • adj. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

Etymologies

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Cf. French vitriolique.

Examples

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    July 24, 2007

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    March 10, 2007