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Sarah had long ago perfected the art of the addict’s vitriolic tirade.
Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  harsh or corrosive in tone (hateful)
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vitriolic vitriolically
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  • Sarah had long ago perfected the art of the addict’s vitriolic tirade.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • ’Oh, don’t start that again,’ Major Sanderson exclaimed with vitriolic scorn, and hurled down his pencil disgustedly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He sat at it for a while and tried to compose a new entry for the Guide on the subject of Vogons but couldn’t think of anything vitriolic enough so he gave that up too, wrapped a robe round himself and went for a walk to the bridge.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • "For me, it’s also important that you absolutely understand that I have nothing whatsoever to do with this vitriolic attack."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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  • "If you are not good, none is good"—those little words may give a terrific meaning to responsibility, may hold a vitriolic intensity for remorse.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He wrote a report which was vitriolic.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Cesar replied, but hearing his own vitriolic intonation made him slump back on his bed and stare shamefully at the ground.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Their cheeks in the vitriolic glare of the photography-shop window were flinty yet sagging; green light glazed the velvet powder, scummed the hectic rouge, livid over lurid.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The exceptions were the fortunate and the swiftest men with guns; and they drifted from south to north and west, taking with them the reckless, chivalrous, vitriolic spirit peculiar to their breed.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • …always a vicious assailant of what he considered slackness or lie or pomposity, never too kindly to well-intentioned stupidity, he worked in the laboratories of Koch, of Pasteur, he followed the early statements of Pearson in biometrics, he drank beer and wrote vitriolic letters, he voyaged to Italy and England and Scandinavia, and casually, between two days, he married (as he might have bought a coat or hired a housekeeper) the patient and wordless daughter of a Gentile merchant.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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  • a vitriolic critique
  • He wrote a report which was vitriolic.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
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