Vitriolic vs Ironic - What's the difference?

vitriolic | ironic |

As adjectives the difference between vitriolic and ironic

is that vitriolic is of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol while ironic is ironic.




(en adjective)
  • of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol
  • bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism
  • (chemistry): Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.
  • See also

    * Vitriolic acid * sulphuric acid * vitriol



    Alternative forms

    * ironick (qualifier)


    (en adjective)
  • Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
  • * 2014 , Steven Pinker The Sense of Style
  • It was ironic I forgot my textbook on human memory.
  • Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.
  • Synonyms

    * ironical

    Usage notes

    Some writers complain about an overuse of the word ironic to extend to situations which are remarkable for reasons other than irony - perhaps just coincidental or merely odd.

    Derived terms

    * ironically * dramatic irony * postironic * Socratic irony

    See also

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