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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin vitreolum, from vitreolus 'glassy', from Latin vitrum; VITREOUS

vitriol

noun
     
vit‧ri‧ol [uncountable]
1 formal very cruel and angry remarks that are intended to hurt someone's feelings
2 old use sulphuric acid

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