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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. of or related to or containing sulfur or derived from sulfur;
[syn: sulfurous, sulphurous]

2. harsh or corrosive in tone;
- Example: "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"
- Example: "a barrage of acid comments"
- Example: "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"
- Example: "bitter words"
- Example: "blistering criticism"
- Example: "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"
- Example: "a sulfurous denunciation"
- Example: "a vitriolic critique"
[syn: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic]

3. characterized by oppressive heat and humidity;
- Example: "the summer was sultry and oppressive"
- Example: "the stifling atmosphere"
- Example: "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm"
[syn: sultry, stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sulphurous \Sul"phur*ous\, a. [L. sulphurosus, sulfurosus: cf. F. sulfureux.] 1. Of or pertaining to sulphur. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) (a) Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a lower valence as contrasted with the sulphuric compounds. (b) Having the characteristic odor of sulphur dioxide, or of hydrogen sulphide, or of other sulphur compounds. [1913 Webster] Sulphurous acid. (a) Sulphur dioxide. See under Sulphur. [Obs.] (b) An acid, H2SO3, not known in the free state except as a solution of sulphur dioxide in water, but forming a well-known series of salts (the sulphites). Sulphurous anhydride (Chem.), sulphur dioxide. See under Sulphur. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sulphurous adj 1: of or related to or containing sulfur or derived from sulfur [syn: sulfurous, sulphurous] 2: 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" [syn: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic] 3: characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm" [syn: sultry, stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous]