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vitriol

noun [U]     /ˈvɪt.ri.əl/
violent hate and anger expressed through severe criticism: He is a writer who has often been criticized by the press but never before with such vitriol.Feelings of dislike and hatredDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation vitriolic     /ˌvɪt.riˈɒl.ɪk/ US  /-ˈɑː.lɪk/ adjective He launched a vitriolic attack on the prime minister, accusing him of shielding corrupt friends.Critical and uncomplimentary vitriolically     /ˌvɪt.riˈɒl.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /-ˈɑː.lɪ-/ adverb Critical and uncomplimentary
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