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.’
    • ‘An irascible bachelor, he was often vitriolic in his criticism of the work of other artists, and jealous of their successes.’
    • ‘It's the kind of thing where other people's vitriolic criticism of it makes me suspect I'll really like it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such stirring events provoked a range of responses, and those printed here are bitter, mournful, vitriolic, and celebratory in turn.’
    • ‘Polemical works on a variety of religious issues reveal a bitter and vitriolic side to his nature.’
    • ‘I was appalled to read the mayor's vitriolic attack on the homeless.’
    • ‘She has been subjected to a vitriolic attack by a female newspaper columnist for ‘sharing every cough and spit of her agony’.’
    • ‘This simply will not do, given the play's premises and vitriolic criticism of capitalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The intensity of the raw, vitriolic malice in the sibilant voice was beyond anything in even his fevered, psychotic dreams.’
    • ‘One or two turned vitriolic in their public criticism, and one anonymously accused him of fraud.’
    • ‘Racism, homophobia, McCarthyism, classism, it's all on display as they try to muzzle those who disagree by vitriolic, personal attack.’
    • ‘I'll try not to take his vitriolic attack on the film personally, and hope that audiences will form their own opinions.’
    • ‘Dadaists were known for their vitriolic personal attacks on the people identified with a movement, idea or company they opposed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1800 he attempted to prevent Adams's re-election by publishing a vitriolic personal attack on him.’
    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

/ˌvɪtrɪˈɒlɪk/