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a·cer·bic

 (ə-sûr′bĭk) also a·cerb (ə-sûrb′)
adj.
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).

[From Latin acerbus; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

a·cer′bi·cal·ly adv.

acerbic

(əˈsɜːbɪk) or

acerb

adj
harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
[C17: from Latin acerbus sour, bitter]

a•cer•bic

(əˈsɜr bɪk)

adj.
1. sour or astringent in taste.
2. sharply or bitterly severe, as temper or expression.
[1860–65; < Latin acerb(us) sour, unripe + -ic]
a•cer′bi•cal•ly, adv.
a•cer′bi•ty, n.

acerbic

- Often describes a sharp or biting mood, temper, tone, or wit; acerbity is normally a bit less sharp than sarcasm.
See also related terms for temper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.acerbic - sour or bitter in tasteacerbic - sour or bitter in taste    
sour - having a sharp biting taste
2.acerbic - harsh or corrosive in toneacerbic - harsh or corrosive in tone; "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"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"

acerbic

acerbic

adjective
1. Having a noticeably sharp pungent taste or smell:
2. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids:
Translations
kärkeväkitkeräkyyninenpurevasarkastinen

acerbic

[əˈsɜːbɪk] ADJ
1. [taste] → acre, acerbo
2. (fig) → mordaz, cáustico

acerbic

[əˈsɜːrbɪk] adj (= critical) [wit, comment, comedy] → acerbe

acerbic

adj persongerissen; witscharf; remark, comment, stylebissig

acerbic

[əˈsɜːbɪk] adj (frm) (also) (fig) → acido/a

acerbic

, acerb
a. agrio-a, ácido-a, áspero-a.
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