You know how bad smells can make people discomforted, unhappy and cranky” Use that knowledge to remember this word. The word vitriol is a sulfate, and sulfates smell bad. Vitriol also means something that resembles this unpleasant, caustic odor in relation to feeling, tone or speech. You might have seen this noun’s adjective counterpart: vitriolic.
Example: Fazy was in absolute shock when his coworker James unleashed such vitriol towards him during the firm’s weekly staff meeting – and all over a huge misunderstanding on James’ part, which made him look over dramatic and completely ridiculous.