Definition of vitriolic in English:

vitriolic

adjective

  • Filled with bitter criticism or malice:

    ‘vitriolic attacks on the politicians’
    ‘vitriolic outbursts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll try not to take his vitriolic attack on the film personally, and hope that audiences will form their own opinions.’
    • ‘It is not hard to see how libels and satires might foster conflict, for they offer mostly vitriolic attacks on individuals or vices.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘It's the kind of thing where other people's vitriolic criticism of it makes me suspect I'll really like it.’
    • ‘An irascible bachelor, he was often vitriolic in his criticism of the work of other artists, and jealous of their successes.’
    • ‘Almost without exception, though, critics saved their most vitriolic attacks for the plan's local contribution requirements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was appalled to read the mayor's vitriolic attack on the homeless.’
    • ‘The cabinet meeting was characterised by vitriolic attacks on the unemployed.’
    • ‘The intensity of the raw, vitriolic malice in the sibilant voice was beyond anything in even his fevered, psychotic dreams.’
    • ‘Adapting some of the most celebrated, sexual, raw, bitter and vitriolic love poems ever written, the drama explores the inspiration behind the sonnets.’
    • ‘Such stirring events provoked a range of responses, and those printed here are bitter, mournful, vitriolic, and celebratory in turn.’
    • ‘This simply will not do, given the play's premises and vitriolic criticism of capitalism.’
    • ‘One or two turned vitriolic in their public criticism, and one anonymously accused him of fraud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Racism, homophobia, McCarthyism, classism, it's all on display as they try to muzzle those who disagree by vitriolic, personal attack.’
    acrimonious, rancorous, bitter, caustic, mordant, acerbic, astringent, acid, acrid, trenchant, virulent, spiteful, crabbed, savage, venomous, poisonous, malicious, malignant, malign, pernicious, splenetic
    nasty, mean, cruel, unkind, harsh, ill-natured, evil-intentioned, vindictive, scathing, searing, biting, barbed, wounding, stinging, tart, sharp, rapier-like, razor-edged, cutting, withering, sarcastic, sardonic, irascible
    bitchy, catty, slashing
    malefic, maleficent
    acidulous, mordacious, squint-eyed
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Pronunciation:

vitriolic

/ˌvɪtrɪˈɒlɪk/