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vitriolic (adj.)

1660s, from French vitriolique (16c.) or from vitriol + -ic. Figurative sense "biting, caustic, very severe" is by 1841.

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Definitions of vitriolic from WordNet

vitriolic (adj.)
harsh or corrosive in tone;
a vitriolic critique
Synonyms: acerb / acerbic / acid / acrid / bitter / blistering / caustic / sulfurous / sulphurous / virulent
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