Vituperative vs Vitriol - What's the difference?

vituperative | vitriol |


As an adjective vituperative

is marked by harsh, spoken, or written abuse; abusive, often with ranting or railing.

As a noun vitriol is

vitriol (sulfuric acid).

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vituperative

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • marked by harsh, spoken, or written abuse; abusive, often with ranting or railing
  • * 1598 :
  • Vituperative appellations derived from their real or supposed ill qualities.
  • * 2009 " [ Jeffrey St. Clair]], [[http://www.counterpunch.org www.counterpunch.org]
  • The injunction also became a pretext for yet another round of Vituperative cant from Idaho's reactionary congressional delegation against provoking folks like hippie Roselle.[http://www.counterpunch.org/stclair10302009.html]

    Synonyms

    * (marked by harsh verbal abuse) abusive, censorious, invective, ranting, scolding

    References

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    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