Vitriol vs vitreous

Vitriol and vitreous are two words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation, and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of vitriol and vitreous, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Vitriol is a bitter feeling, over-critical speech, venomous criticism. Vitriol is malicious and over the top, it is criticism that is invalid and full of bad feeling, or a general airing of one’s ill will. Vitriol is also used to mean a metallic sulphate. The adjective form is vitriolic. The word vitriol is derived from the Old French vitriol.

Vitreous describes something that is glass-like, or something that is made from or contains glass. The word vitreous is often used in the term vitreous humor, which is the substance that fills the eyeball. Vitreous is an adjective, the noun form is vitreousness. The word vitreous is derived from the Latin word vitreus which means glassy.


What’s useful in analyzing the vitriol expressed by so-called “enlightened” vegan activists on both sides of The Pond is understanding the real target of their protests. (Dairy Herd Management)

Vonn’s bronze in the women’s downhill Wednesday came after weeks of being the subject of scorn and vitriol for comments she made about President Trump.  (USA Today)

Made from more than 500 ceramic and vitreous glass tiles, bits of stained glass and fused glass elements, her work in the show, “Laitzano,” depicts a multicolored harlequin-like figure, inspired by a collage made by her friend and frequent collaborator Helen Salzberg. (MetroWest Daily News)

It may be done when there is a retinal detachment or if blood in the vitreous gel (vitreous haemorrhage) does not clear on its own. (The Trinidad & Tobago Express)

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