acerbity


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Related to acerbity: ebullience, aloof, boorish, inaudible, overbearing

a·cer·bi·ty

 (ə-sûr′bĭ-tē)
n. pl. a·cer·bi·ties
Sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone.

acerbity

(əˈsɜːbɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. vitriolic or embittered speech, temper, etc
2. sourness or bitterness of taste
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acerbity - a sharp bitterness
bitter, bitterness - the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
2.acerbity - a sharp sour tasteacerbity - a sharp sour taste      
acidity, sourness, sour - the property of being acidic
3.acerbity - a rough and bitter manneracerbity - a rough and bitter manner    
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition

acerbity

noun
Translations
BitterkeitSauerkeit

acerbity

[əˈsɜːbɪtɪ] N
1. [of taste] → acritud f, aspereza f
2. (fig) → mordacidad f

acerbity

[əˈsɜːrbɪti] n [humour, wit] → aigreur f

acerbity

nSchärfe f
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The dove then turned up his coat-collar, and put on his cocked hat; and, having exchanged a long and affectionate embrace with his future partner, once again braved the cold wind of the night: merely pausing, for a few minutes, in the male paupers' ward, to abuse them a little, with the view of satisfying himself that he could fill the office of workhouse-master with needful acerbity. Assured of his qualifications, Mr.
It is well known that great scholars who have shown the most pitiless acerbity in their criticism of other men's scholarship have yet been of a relenting and indulgent temper in private life; and I have heard of a learned man meekly rocking the twins in the cradle with his left hand, while with his right he inflicted the most lacerating sarcasms on an opponent who had betrayed a brutal ignorance of Hebrew.
You are ignorant," Miss Bordereau remarked; not with acerbity but with a strange, soft coldness.
It was quite otherwise with Hepzibah; the Judge's smile seemed to operate on her acerbity of heart like sunshine upon vinegar, making it ten times sourer than ever.
"It's no use going into the rights and wrongs of the affair now, Celia," said Cousin Caroline with some acerbity, for she believed herself the only practical one of the family, and regretted that, owing to the slowness of the kitchen clock, Mrs.
A short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently characterize by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom.
The scene closing on these charmers, and the lower slide ascending, oranges were revealed, attended by a mighty japanned sugar-box, to temper their acerbity if unripe.
Stir yourself.' His neck was so twisted that the knotted ends of his white cravat usually dangled under one ear; his natural acerbity and energy, always contending with a second nature of habitual repression, gave his features a swollen and suffused look; and altogether, he had a weird appearance of having hanged himself at one time or other, and of having gone about ever since, halter and all, exactly as some timely hand had cut him down.
Whenever he is heard advancing, they both make some little decorative preparation to receive him; at other times they divide their watches into short scraps of oblivion and dialogues not wholly free from acerbity, as to whether Miss Dedlock, sitting with her feet upon the fender, was or was not falling into the fire when rescued (to her great displeasure) by her guardian genius the maid.
"Not quite, esteemed prince," replied Lebedeff, with some acerbity. "I confess I thought of doing you the service of handing the letter over to yourself, but I decided that it would pay me better to deliver it up to the noble lady aforesaid, as I had informed her of everything hitherto by anonymous letters; so when I sent her up a note from myself, with the letter, you know, in order to fix a meeting for eight o'clock this morning, I signed it 'your secret correspondent.' They let me in at once-- very quickly--by the back door, and the noble lady received me."
There was enough acerbity and sarcasm not only in the matter of Ralph's speech, but in the tone of voice in which he uttered it, and the looks with which he eked it out, to have fired even the ancient usurer's cold blood and flushed even his withered cheek.
There are so many so-called cools who are ready to make random comments on people without giving any thought to the acerbity of their comments.