Silver’s Word of the Week – “Vitriol”

Welcome to Silver’s Word of the Week where each week I find strange and unusual words to ignite out vocabulary to new levels!

This week’s word is another “v” word. I don’t know why words that start with the letter “v” are seldom used in our daily life except that the poor letter “v” is often overlooked and maligned.

Our word is:

VITRIOL

Dictionary.com
explains:

Vitriol as a noun

1. Chemistry. any of certain metallic sulfates of glassy appearance, as copper sulfate or blue vitriol, iron sulfate or green vitriol, zinc sulfate or white vitriol, etc.

2. oil of vitriol; sulfuric acid.

3. something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.

Vitriol as a verb (used with object), vitrioled, vitrioling or (especially British) vitriolled, vitriolling.

4. to treat with or as with vitriol, especially sulfuric acid.

The level of vitriol spreading through social media this election season is ghastly.

It seems one thing is clear this election cycle. Journalists and commentators alike are bringing out the BIG words when they are speaking or writing about the candidates. “You Know Who” seems to spout vitriol at each of his campaign speeches and interviews. Let us only hope that it gets better.

How would you use vitriol in a sentence?

Have a wonderful week everyone!

and fight the vitriol! You can do it!

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