Vitriolic acid
Vitriolic Vit`ri*ol"ic, a. [Cf. F. vitriolique.] 1. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste. Cf. {Vitriol}. [1913 Webster]

2. Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and unpleasantly negative feelings; -- of speech or feelings; the vitriolic denunciations of opponents by partisan columnists. [PJC]

{Vitriolic acid} (Old Chem.), (a) sulphuric acid. See {Vitriol} (b) . [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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  • vitriolic acid — Sulphuric Sul*phu ric, a. [Cf. F. sulfurique.] 1. Of or pertaining to sulphur; as, a sulphuric smell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vitriolic acid — Sulphuric acid, oil of vitriol …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • vitriolic acid — noun archaic : sulfuric acid; especially : oil of vitriol …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vitriolic — Vit ri*ol ic, a. [Cf. F. vitriolique.] 1. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste. Cf. {Vitriol}. [1913 Webster] 2. Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acid — [adj1] bitter, sour in taste acerbic, acidulous, biting, piquant, pungent, sharp, tart, vinegarish, vinegary; concept 613 Ant. bland, sweet acid [adj2] having acidic, corrosive properties acerbic, acidulous, acrid, anti alkaline, biting,… …   New thesaurus

  • acid — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. sour, bitter, tart, vinegary; acrimonious, cutting, caustic. See sourness, discourtesy. Ant., sweet, bland; basic. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Having the characteristics of an acid] Syn. sharp, tart …   English dictionary for students

  • acid — acidly, adv. acidness, n. /as id/, n. 1. Chem. a compound usually having a sour taste and capable of neutralizing alkalis and reddening blue litmus paper, containing hydrogen that can be replaced by a metal or an electropositive group to form a… …   Universalium

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  • vitriolic — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. biting, bitter, burning, sharp, caustic; see also sarcastic . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [vi tree AWL ik] caustic, bitter or sarcastic. His vitriolic speech drove many people out of the… …   English dictionary for students

  • vitriolic — /vi tree ol ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling vitriol. 2. obtained from vitriol. 3. very caustic; scathing: vitriolic criticism. [1660 70; VITRIOL + IC] Syn. 3. acid, bitter. Ant. 3. bland, mild. * * * …   Universalium

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