Withering vs Vitriolic - What's the difference?

withering | vitriolic |


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

is .

As a noun withering

is the act of something that withers.

withering

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Tending to destroy, devastate, overwhelm or cause complete destruction.
  • The D-Day troops came under withering fire .
  • Diminishing rapidly.
  • The playboy seemed oblivious to his withering fortune as he continued in his decadent lifestyle .
  • Tending to make someone feel small; scornful in a mortifying way.
  • Jane's mother in law gave her a withering look .
    He made withering remarks about his adversary .

    Verb

    (head)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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.

    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