sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.:
acrid smoke from burning rubber.
extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic:
Unlike California, it was physical, ugly and acrid back then.
Asians vs. Affirmative Action Lloyd Green March 30, 2014
With 2014 as a congressional election year, the acrid scrums of 2013 will give way to the combat of the campaign.
Want Hope in 2014? Forget Politics, Focus on Energy and Medicine Lloyd Green December 30, 2013
They were hitting on all cylinders as they mined the acrid ore of Mamet’s singular cynicism.
First Peek: Jeremy Piven Debuts On Broadway Kevin Sessums October 4, 2008
Amidst much screeching of breaks and the acrid smell of burning rubber, Cameron executed a high speed u-turn.
The Cameron Option Peter Oborne November 11, 2008
Its sharp white teeth gleamed in the gaping red mouth, and I could feel its hot breath fierce and acrid upon me.
Dracula’s Guest Bram Stoker
A few should be avoided because of their acrid taste or their strong odor.
The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise M. E. Hard
Clay is usually cool and very absorbent of the acrid oils occurring in the distillation of tobacco.
Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
The Tavern “office” was crowded and hazy with acrid blue smoke.
Once to Every Man Larry Evans
He snorted and jerked his head as the acrid fumes began to tickle his nostrils and smart his eyes.
Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
All this came out of her like an unctuous trickle of some acrid oil.
The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature
1712, formed irregularly from Latin acer (fem. acris) “sharp, pungent, bitter, eager, fierce,” from PIE *akri- “sharp,” from root *ak- “be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce” (cf. Oscan akrid (ablative singular) “sharply;” Greek akis “sharp point,” akros “at the farthest point, highest, outermost,” akantha “thorn,” akme “summit, edge;” also oxys “sharp, bitter;” Sanskrit acri- “corner, edge,” acani- “point of an arrow,” asrih “edge;” Lithuanian ašmuo “sharpness,” akstis “sharp stick;” Old Lithuanian aštras, Lithuanian aštrus “sharp;” Old Church Slavonic ostru, Russian óstryj “sharp;” Old Irish er “high;” Welsh ochr “edge, corner, border;” Old Norse eggja “goad;” Old English ecg “sword”). The -id suffix probably is in imitation of acid. Acrious (1670s) is a correct formation, but seldom seen.
acrid ac·rid (āk’rĭd)
Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.
a·crid’i·ty (ə-krĭd’ĭ-tē) or ac’rid·ness n.
a colorless, crystalline solid, C 13 H 9 N, usually obtained from the anthracine fraction of coal tar: used chiefly in the synthesis of dyes and drugs. noun a colourless crystalline solid used in the manufacture of dyes. Formula: C13H9N acridine ac·ri·dine (āk’rĭ-dēn’) n. A coal tar derivative that has an irritating odor and is […]
- Acridine orange
acridine orange acridine orange n. A basic fluorescent dye used as a metachromatic stain for nucleic acids and in screening cervical smears for abnormal cells.
- Acridine yellow
acridine yellow acridine yellow n. A faintly yellow solution with strong bluish-violet fluorescence used as a topical antiseptic and as a fluorescent stain in histology.