As nouns the difference between vitriol and virulence
is that vitriol
is sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates while virulence
is the state of being virulent.
As a verb vitriol
is to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse.
(dated) sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates
(by extension) bitterly abusive language
* 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/sports/new-york-city-marathon-will-not-be-held-sunday.html?hp&_r=0]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
- For days, online forums sparked with outrage against politicians and race organizers, a tone that turned to vitriol against runners, even from some shaming other runners for being selfish.
* oil of vitriol
* blue vitriol
* green vitriol
* hurl vitriol
* iron vitriol
* white vitriol
to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse
the state of being virulent
a measure of how virulent a thing is