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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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The anticipated sweetness of the fruit belies its enduring acridity in the same way that hope is stained by the unrelenting memory of pain and, foreshadowing the next lines of verse, that the promise of poetry's great vision appears to have slipped away.
Feta attains its acridity from lipase, an enzyme which occurs naturally in sheep and goat milk, giving it that distinguished tang.
His sweetness cuts through the acridity of McLean's unquenchable desire to shoot and disembowel anything with a pulse.
111) Continued smoke inhalation caused consumption (tuberculosis) due to the movement of carbon to the lungs and its acridity.