Excoriate vs Vitriol - What's the difference?

excoriate | vitriol |

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:
  • Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiescence.
  • * 2006 , Patrick Healy " 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

    Derived terms

    * excoriator * excoriation


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    (en noun)
  • (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.

    Derived terms

    * vitriolic * oil of vitriol * blue vitriol * green vitriol * hurl vitriol * iron vitriol * white vitriol


    (en verb)
  • to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse