Definition of Acerb

1. Adjective. Sour or bitter in taste.

Exact synonyms: Acerbic, Astringent
Similar to: Sour
Derivative terms: Acerbity, Astringence, Astringency



2. Adjective. Harsh or corrosive in tone. "A vitriolic critique"

Definition of Acerb

1. a. Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit; sharp and harsh.

Definition of Acerb

1. Adjective. Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit. ¹

2. Adjective. Sharp and harsh in expressing oneself. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Acerb

1. sour [adj ACERBER, ACERBEST] - See also: sour

Medical Definition of Acerb

1. Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit; sharp and harsh. Origin: L. Acerbus, fr. Acer sharp: cf. F. Acerbe. See Acrid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acerb

acephalus paracephalus
acephalus sympus
acephate
acephenanthrene
acepromazine
acequia
acequias
acer
aceramic
acerata
acerate
acerate leaf
acerated
acerates
acerb (current term)
acerbate
acerbated
acerbates
acerbating
acerbation
acerber
acerbest
acerbic
acerbically
acerbities
acerbitude
acerbitudes
acerbity
acerebral

Literary usage of Acerb

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1. Annual Report of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society for the Year by Minnesota State Horticultural Society (1889)
"Mild in flavor, and often lacking in sprightliness, but a good eating plum and nearly free from the bitter acerb skin so characteristic of our native ..."

2. Corpus scriptorum historiae byzantinae by Barthold Georg Niebuhr (1831)
"... omni Styli acerb!t├Ąte, milis, urbanas, candidas, Ad id quod indecens est adeo non pronus, ut nee movendus : Nugarum denique contemptor. *) In seqq. ..."

3. A Shorter Preparatory Course of Latin Prose: Consisting of Four Books of by Allen, Allen & Greenough (1875)
"(acerb-us), harshly, bitterly, with cruelty ... and wonts of similarity and dissimilarity, than or as. acerb-us, a, urn, adj. (ac-uo), unripe, sour ; harsh, ..."

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