Acerbic



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.
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But Tom Boswell makes it all look easy, gliding between the seasons with appreciation and acerbic wit.
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The acerbic 85-year-old Michigan Democrat had long been contemptuous of Tea Partiers.
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Russell, brilliant and acerbic (in the best sense of the word) was one of the great essayists and polemicists of the 20th century.
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Samantha is a smart, acerbic narrator, and her observations about high-school warfare ring true.
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Samantha is a sharp, acerbic narrator, and the observations about high-school warfare ring true.
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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.
George Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis: A Review Jacob Heilbrunn December 8, 2011

A hazy choral interlude follows, followed by more nasty beats and acerbic lyrics.
Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force Marlow Stern June 14, 2013

Most important, Sockington, like another, acerbic cat icon, Garfield, had a voice.
Twitter’s Cat Mega Star Nicole LaPorte June 21, 2010

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.

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  • Acerbically

    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.

  • Acerbity

    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 […]



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