Difficult Words :

Vitriolic and Vitiate





Difficult Words : Vitriolic and Vitiate

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Vitiate (VISH ee ATE) v: to make impure, to pollute

For years a zealous group of individuals has campaigned against the use of fluoride in water, claiming that it has vitiated our bodies as well as our morals.

Vitiate can be used figuratively.




Vitriolic (VI tree OL ik) adj: caustic, full of bitterness

Vitriol is another name for sulfuric acid. To be vitriolic is to say or do something so nasty that your words or actions burn like acid.

The review of the new book was so vitriolic that we all wondered whether the reviewer had some personal grudge against the author.


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