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

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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.acerb - sour or bitter in tasteacerb - sour or bitter in taste    
sour - having a sharp biting taste
2.acerb - harsh or corrosive in toneacerb - 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"
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Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids:
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, acerb
a. agrio-a, ácido-a, áspero-a.
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