As adjectives the difference between withering and vitriolic
is that withering
is tending to destroy, devastate, overwhelm or cause complete destruction while vitriolic
is of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol.
As a verb withering
As a noun withering
is the act of something that withers.
Tending to destroy, devastate, overwhelm or cause complete destruction.
- The D-Day troops came under withering fire .
Tending to make someone feel small; scornful in a mortifying way.
- The playboy seemed oblivious to his withering fortune as he continued in his decadent lifestyle .
- Jane's mother in law gave her a withering look .
- He made withering remarks about his adversary .
The act of something that withers.
* 1839 , William Jenkyn, ?James Sherman, An Exposition Upon the Epistle of Jude (page 274)
- Spiritual witherings and decayings are opposite to the word of God.
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.
* Vitriolic acid
* sulphuric acid