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 to her victory.
phineas finn anthony trollope

verb (transitive)
to embitter or exasperate
to make sour or bitter

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