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vitriolic

[vi-tree-ol-ik] /ˌvɪ triˈɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resembling vitriol.
2.
obtained from vitriol.
3.
very caustic; scathing:
vitriolic criticism.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; vitriol + -ic
Related forms
nonvitriolic, adjective
Synonyms
3. acid, bitter.
Antonyms
3. bland, mild.
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  • True science is big enough to embrace both without the vitriolic ideological bias.
  • Wow, some rather vitriolic commentary in the comments.
  • In the past few days, we've heard a lot of talk about the potential impact of vitriolic political speech on the perpetrator.
  • Her often atrocious and vitriolic comments, then, are all the more atrocious and vitriolic.
  • The replies to my posts tend to be both vitriolic and full of those same misapprehensions.
  • The vitriolic reaction to the excesses that accompanied their meteoric rise is hardly surprising.
  • The charges felt specious to me, and were quite vitriolic.
  • The attacks from both sides are vitriolic and counterproductive.
  • Baseless invective and vitriolic railing against reason.
  • The source material, meanwhile, is as apolitical and careful as the response has been vitriolic.
British Dictionary definitions for vitriolic

vitriolic

/ˌvɪtrɪˈɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a substance, esp a strong acid) highly corrosive
2.
severely bitter or caustic; virulent: vitriolic criticism
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Word Origin and History for vitriolic
adj.

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

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