vitriol

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vitriol

Pronunciation /ˈvɪtrɪəl/
noun
mass noun
1 Bitter criticism or malice.
2 archaic, literary Sulphuric acid.
2.1 In names of metallic sulphates, e.g. blue vitriol (copper sulphate) and green vitriol (ferrous sulphate).

Origin
Late Middle English (denoting the sulphate of various metals): from Old French, or from medieval Latin vitriolum, from Latin vitrum ‘glass’.

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Arguments full of vitriol between the brothers occasionally lead to physical confrontation.

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