Excoriate vs Vitriol - What's the difference?
As a verb excoriate
is to wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
As a noun vitriol is
vitriol (sulfuric acid).
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
To strongly denounce or censure.
* 2004 , , Iron Council , 2005 Trade paperback ed., ISBN 0-345-45842-7. p. 464:
* 2006 , Patrick Healy "
- Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiescence.
Spitzer and Clinton Win in N.Y. Primary," New York Times , 13 Sep. (retrieved 7 Oct. 2008):
- Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics.
* (to wear off the skin of) abrade, chafe, flay
* (to strongly denounce or censure) condemn, disparage, reprobate, tear a strip off
(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