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 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!

Author: Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro loves writing speculative fiction and the sub-genres of fantasy and magical realism, other types of cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at

30 thoughts on “Silver’s Word of the Week – “Vitriol””

  1. I love this word. I have used it – often. Usually apropos caustic remarks or a person who seems to be mean and constantly angry at the world. Hopefully, it’s not a word that will feature on my blog as it is, by and large, a happy and, I hope, gentle space…..

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  2. Vitriol was one of the Alchemical ‘ingredients’ too. Used as an alchemical acronym, it stood for ‘Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem‘ meaning ‘Visit the Interior Parts of the Earth; by Rectification Thou Shalt Find the Hidden Stone‘, referring to the inner journey of those who sought to transform the ‘base metal’ of the human self into the gold of the higher self 🙂

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  3. Hi Colleen!
    Thanks for sharing the definition of vitriol with us! I swear it sounds like something you take when you’ve got a backache! Hmmm, yes lots of vitriol being used in the campaigning…
    I suppose I could make a sentence saying, “The recent campaigning could use a hearty dose of kindness with less vitriol.” One can hope!
    Have a lovely weekend and big hugs,

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