vitriolic


vitriolic

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or resembling vitriol.
  2. obtained from vitriol.
  3. very caustic; scathing: vitriolic criticism.

adjective

  1. (of a substance, esp a strong acid) highly corrosive
  2. severely bitter or caustic; virulentvitriolic criticism
adj.

1660s, from French vitriolique (16c.) or from vitriol + -ic. Figurative use by 1841.

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