Definition of Acerbic

1. Adjective. Sour or bitter in taste.

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



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

Definition of Acerbic

1. a. Sour or severe.

Definition of Acerbic

1. Adjective. Sour or bitter. ¹

2. Adjective. Sarcastic or cynical. ¹

3. Adjective. Sharp-tempered. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Acerbic

1. acerb [adj] - See also: acerb

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acerbic

acer
aceramic
acerata
acerate
acerate leaf
acerated
acerates
acerb
acerbate
acerbated
acerbates
acerbating
acerbation
acerber
acerbest
acerbic (current term)
acerbically
acerbities
acerbitude
acerbitudes
acerbity
acerebral
aceric
acerola
acerolas
acerose
acerous
acerra
acerras
acers

Literary usage of Acerbic

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1. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1919)
"The acerbic flings of the representatives of the various branches of the social science tree in some colleges and the traditional enmity, not hidden from ..."

2. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1824)
"Dr. Deutsch remained with us a part of the evening, speaking with great rapture of acerbic genius, of his enterprising spirit, inquisitive mind, ..."

3. Belgium: A Personal Narrative by Brand Whitlock (1919)
"Belgium had forgotten the old quarrels, the old divisions of politics and race, even those more acerbic differences of religion. ..."

4. Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions by William D. Compton (1996)
"acerbic and outspoken, Abelson characterized himself as "a damned maverick" in testimony before the Senate space committee later in the year. ..."

5. Adventure Guide to Trinidad & Tobago by Kathleen O'Donnell, S Harry Pefkaros (2000)
"Calypso has its own musical form and structure, but most important is its point of view - lighthearted and acerbic, with political and social commentaries ..."

6. The Papacy and the Levant (1204-1571). by Kenneth M. Setton (1984)
"... on 3, 8, 12, 15, and 26 February, etc., and so it went month after month, an arduous business often marked by acerbic and even hostile encounters. ..."

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