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Definition harsh or corrosive in tone (hateful)
  • "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
  • "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
  • 'Oh, don't start that again,' Major Sanderson exclaimed with vitriolic scorn, and hurled down his pencil disgustedly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • Sarah had long ago perfected the art of the addict's vitriolic tirade.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He wrote a report which was vitriolic.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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
  • Instead, I got stuck searching his usernames and variants of them, and ended up meeting a lot of people who weren't my Davis Pickett—the fifty-three-year-old Dave Pickett who was a truck driver in Wisconsin; the Davis Pickett who'd died of ALS after years of posting short blog entries written with the help of eye-tracking software; a Twitter user named dallgoodman whose blog was nothing but vitriolic threats directed at members of Congress.
    John Green  --  Turtles All the Way Down

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