Definition of vitriolic in US English:

vitriolic

adjective

  • Filled with bitter criticism or malice.

    ‘vitriolic attacks on the politicians’
    ‘vitriolic outbursts’
    • ‘One or two turned vitriolic in their public criticism, and one anonymously accused him of fraud.’
    • ‘Almost without exception, though, critics saved their most vitriolic attacks for the plan's local contribution requirements.’
    • ‘Adapting some of the most celebrated, sexual, raw, bitter and vitriolic love poems ever written, the drama explores the inspiration behind the sonnets.’
    • ‘I'll try not to take his vitriolic attack on the film personally, and hope that audiences will form their own opinions.’
    • ‘A feud between academics over Robert Burns' politics has taken a vitriolic turn with a savage attack by one expert on his rival's book.’
    • ‘Such stirring events provoked a range of responses, and those printed here are bitter, mournful, vitriolic, and celebratory in turn.’
    • ‘The intensity of the raw, vitriolic malice in the sibilant voice was beyond anything in even his fevered, psychotic dreams.’
    • ‘An irascible bachelor, he was often vitriolic in his criticism of the work of other artists, and jealous of their successes.’
    • ‘Racism, homophobia, McCarthyism, classism, it's all on display as they try to muzzle those who disagree by vitriolic, personal attack.’
    • ‘I was appalled to read the mayor's vitriolic attack on the homeless.’
    • ‘It's the kind of thing where other people's vitriolic criticism of it makes me suspect I'll really like it.’
    • ‘This simply will not do, given the play's premises and vitriolic criticism of capitalism.’
    • ‘She has been on the receiving end of other withering and vitriolic attacks from women columnists.’
    • ‘Polemical works on a variety of religious issues reveal a bitter and vitriolic side to his nature.’
    • ‘Dadaists were known for their vitriolic personal attacks on the people identified with a movement, idea or company they opposed.’
    • ‘She has been subjected to a vitriolic attack by a female newspaper columnist for ‘sharing every cough and spit of her agony’.’
    • ‘Many who had been, in one way or another, sympathetic to socialism before 1915, now distinguished themselves for their vitriolic attacks on the party of alleged defeatism.’
    • ‘In 1800 he attempted to prevent Adams's re-election by publishing a vitriolic personal attack on him.’
    • ‘The cabinet meeting was characterised by vitriolic attacks on the unemployed.’
    • ‘It is not hard to see how libels and satires might foster conflict, for they offer mostly vitriolic attacks on individuals or vices.’
    acrimonious, rancorous, bitter, caustic, mordant, acerbic, astringent, acid, acrid, trenchant, virulent, spiteful, crabbed, savage, venomous, poisonous, malicious, malignant, malign, pernicious, splenetic
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Pronunciation

vitriolic

/ˌvitrēˈälik//ˌvɪtriˈɑlɪk/