Definitions for: Vitriol

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

Webster (1913) Definition: Vit"ri*ol, v. t. [imp. & p. p. -oledor -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.]

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}.

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

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