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 â€œVitriolumâ€ or â€œVitreolumâ€ 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.
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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.â€ (George Eliotâ€™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.â€ (Edgar Rice Burroughsâ€™s The Chessmen of Mars)