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1. Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell. See Synonyms at bitter.
2. Caustic in language or tone: an acrid political campaign.

[From Latin ācer, sharp (probably modeled on acid); see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

a·crid′i·ty (ə-krĭd′ĭ-tē), ac′rid·ness n.
ac′rid·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acridity - having an acrid smellacridity - having an acrid smell    
odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell, odor - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
2.acridity - extreme bitternessacridity - extreme bitterness; "the acridity of alkali"
bitter, bitterness - the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
3.acridity - the quality of being sharply disagreeable in language or toneacridity - the quality of being sharply disagreeable in language or tone
disagreeableness - the quality of being disagreeable and unpleasant


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for I must know the source of this acrimonious acridity.