1. of or related to or containing sulfur or derived from sulfur
Syn: ↑sulphurous
Pertains to noun: ↑sulphur (for: ↑sulphurous), ↑sulfur
Derivationally related forms: ↑sulphur (for: ↑sulphurous), ↑sulfur
2. characterized by oppressive heat and humidity

the summer was sultry and oppressive


the stifling atmosphere


the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm

Syn: ↑sultry, ↑stifling, ↑sulphurous
Similar to: ↑hot
Derivationally related forms: ↑sultriness (for: ↑sultry)
3. harsh or corrosive in tone

an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose


a barrage of acid comments


her acrid remarks make her many enemies


bitter words


blistering criticism


caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics


a sulfurous denunciation


a vitriolic critique

acerb, ↑acerbic, ↑acid, ↑acrid, ↑bitter, ↑blistering, ↑caustic, ↑sulphurous, ↑virulent, ↑vitriolic
Similar to: ↑unpleasant
Derivationally related forms:
vitriol (for: ↑vitriolic), ↑virulency (for: ↑virulent), ↑virulence (for: ↑virulent), ↑bitterness (for: ↑bitter), ↑acridness (for: ↑acrid), ↑acridity (for: ↑acrid), ↑acerbity (for: ↑acerbic)

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