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!

About Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017. The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family. Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website

30 Responses

  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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