Definition of Acerbic in English :

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Acerbic meaning in English

Meaning of Acerbic in English

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Acerbic pronunciation in English

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1. acerb, acerbic, astringent

sour or bitter in taste

2. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic

harsh or corrosive in tone

Example Sentences:
'an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose'
'a barrage of acid comments'
'her acrid remarks make her many enemies'
'bitter words'
'blistering criticism'
'caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics'
'a sulfurous denunciation'
'a vitriolic critique'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of acerbic
harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour

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see synonyms of acerbic
sour in taste
sharp, bitter, or harsh in temper, language, etc.

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see synonyms of acerbic
1. Sour or bitter tasting; acid. See Synonyms at bitter, sour.
2. Sharp or biting, as in character or expression: "At times, the playwright allows an acerbic tone to pierce through otherwise arid or flowery prose" (Alvin Klein).

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