Vitriol vs Vitriolic - What's the difference?

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Vitriolic is a derived term of vitriol.


As a noun vitriol

is (dated) sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates.

As a verb vitriol

is to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse.

As a adjective vitriolic is

of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol.

vitriol

English

Noun

(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

    Verb

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

    English

    Adjective

    (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