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Meaning of VITRIOL

Pronunciation:  'vitreeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
  2. [n]  (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry
  3. [v]  subject to bitter verbal abuse
  4. [v]  expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol

VITRIOL is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: invective, oil of vitriol, sulfuric acid, sulphuric acid, vituperation
 See Also: abuse, acid, assail, assault, atomic number 16, attack, battery acid, contumely, electrolyte acid, insult, lash out, revilement, round, S, snipe, subject, sulfur, sulphur, vilification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vit"ri*ol\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {-oled}or {-olled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {-oling} or {-olling}.] [From {Vitriol}, n.]
    1. (Metal.) To dip in dilute sulphuric acid; to pickle.
    2. To vitriolize. [Colloq.]
  2. \Vit"ri*ol\, n. [F. vitriol; cf. Pr. vitriol, vetriol,
    Sp. & Pg. vitriolo, It. vitriuolo; fr. L. vitreolus of glass,
    vitreus vitreous. See {Vitreous}.] (Chem.)
    (a) A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron,
        zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy
        appearance or luster.
    (b) Sulphuric acid; -- called also {oil of vitriol}. So
        called because first made by the distillation of green
        vitriol. See {Sulphuric acid}, under {Sulphuric}.
    {Blue vitriol}. See under {Blue}.
    {Green vitriol}, ferrous sulphate; copperas. See under
    {Oil of vitriol}, sulphuric or vitriolic acid; -- popularly
       so called because it has the consistency of oil.
    {Red vitriol}, a native sulphate of cobalt.
    {Vitriol of Mars}, ferric sulphate, a white crystalline
       substance which dissolves in water, forming a red
    {White vitriol}, zinc sulphate, a white crystalline substance
       used in medicine and in dyeing. It is usually obtained by
       dissolving zinc in sulphuric acid, or by roasting and
       oxidizing certain zinc ores. Formerly called also {vitriol
       of zinc}.