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Pronunciation /ˈvɪtrɪəl/
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).

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


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


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