sour or astringent in taste:
Lemon juice is acerbic.
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression:
Much of it tastes like acerbic carbonated water with a dose of sugar to take the edge off.
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And not the least haughty or intimidating or acerbic, but helpful, constructive, and conscientious.
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Perhaps even as acerbic a critic as Kennan might have been pleased by the result.
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A hazy choral interlude follows, followed by more nasty beats and acerbic lyrics.
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harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
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.
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.
sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste. harshness or severity, as of temper or expression. Historical Examples “Thank ye kindly,” the big man replied with some acerbity, and plunged out into the darkness and rain. Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant After a time Mern suggested with acerbity that Craig was incoherent. Joan of Arc […]
noun a fear of sourness Word Origin Latin acerbus ‘sour’
1 . having no antennae. having no horns.