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a·cer·bic(ə-sûr′bĭk) also a·cerb (ə-sûrb′)
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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harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
[C17: from Latin acerbus sour, bitter]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. sour or astringent in taste.
2. sharply or bitterly severe, as temper or expression.
[1860–65; < Latin acerb(us) sour, unripe + -ic]
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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.
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|Adj.||1.||acerbic - sour or bitter in taste |
sour - having a sharp biting taste
|2.||acerbic - 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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adjective sharp, cutting, biting, severe, acid, bitter, nasty, harsh, stern, rude, scathing, acrimonious, barbed, unkind, unfriendly, sarcastic, sardonic, caustic, churlish, vitriolic, trenchant, acrid, brusque, rancorous, mordant, mordacious comments made in a spirit of acerbic wit
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
2. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids:
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
acerbic[əˈsɜːrbɪk] adj (= critical) [wit, comment, comedy] → acerbe
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
acerbic[əˈsɜːbɪk] adj (frm) (also) (fig) → acido/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a. agrio-a, ácido-a, áspero-a.
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