sour or astringent in taste:
lemon juice is acerbic.
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression:
acerbic criticism.
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.

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