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Vitriolic particularly means something which is filled with bitter criticism and spitefulness. It is caustic and nasty which can easily hurt the feelings of a person and even can break hearts. It is significantly marked with a harsh insulting language. We can simply say that Vitriolic literally means biting sharpness of expression or feeling. Vitriolic word originated from a Latin or French phrase “Vitriolum” or “Vitreolum” which is known as Vitriol, sulfuric acid which burns everything. So, Vitriolic means a mean-spirited as well as bitter language which can break hearts of people.

Synonyms of Vitriolic

  • Nastiness
  • Sarcasm
  • Venom
  • Contempt
  • Acerbic
  • Antagonistic
  • Caustic
  • Scathing
  • Burning
  • Sardonic
  • Disdain
  • Hatefulness
  • Hostility
  • Malevolence
  • Maliciousness
  • Virulence
  • Acrimoniousness

Antonyms of Vitriolic

  • Admiration
  • Love
  • Respect

References of Vitriolic from English Classical Literature

  • “If you are not good, none is good”– those little words may give a terrific meaning to responsibility, may hold a vitriolic intensity for remorse.” (George Eliot’s Middlemarch)
  • “You have done well, I-Gos,” O-Tar hastened to assure him, for when he learned that Gahan might still be in the haunted chambers he wished to appease the wrath of I-Gos, knowing well the vitriolic tongue and temper of the ancient one.” (Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Chessmen of Mars)
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