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an aceramic South American culture.
. Historical Examples She denied that stenographers could ever form a union, but she could not answer his acerb, “Why not?” The Job Sinclair Lewis
to make sour or bitter. to exasperate. . Historical Examples The poor girl had not spirit sufficient to upbraid her friend; nor did it suit her now to acerbate an enemy. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope Lady Laura had triumphed; but she had no desire to acerbate her husband by any unpalatable allusion […]
sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic. harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism. Contemporary Examples Much of it tastes like acerbic carbonated water with a dose of sugar to take the edge off. Beyond Champagne Sophie Menin December 28, 2010 But Tom Boswell makes it all look easy, gliding […]
sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic. harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism. adjective harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour adj. 1865, originally, and usually, figurative: “sour, harsh, severe” (of speech, manners, etc.), from Latin acerbus “harsh to the taste, sharp, bitter, sour” (see acerbity) + -ic.