vitriol | vitriolic

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

harsh language or criticism

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vitriol - anger

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‘Vitriol’ is characterized by cruel and angry remarks that are designed to hurt and distress somebody. This formal word is used disapprovingly, as such caustic language is often personal and emotion-driven, fuelled by bitterness or hate.

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Synonyms venom,scorn,animosity
Antonyms amity,accord,honeyed

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  1. I’ve been criticised for my articles before, but I’ve never faced this level of vitriol. It’s quite unsettling.

  2. My honest feedback sparked a vitriolic response from John. It shows what a bitter and insecure person he is.

  3. There is far too much vitriol in politics these days. It creates a very toxic environment.

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