Meaning of vitriol
Pronunciation: (vi'trē-ul), [key]
— n., v., -oled, -ol•ing -olled, -ol•ling.
- any of certain metallic sulfates of glassy appearance, as copper sulfate or blue vitriol, iron sulfate or green vitriol, zinc sulfate or white vitriol, etc.
- oil of vitriol; sulfuric acid.
- something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.
- to treat with or as with vitriol, esp. sulfuric acid.
- vitriol (Thesaurus)