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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.
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Her eyebrows went up, then she inquired acridly, "Don't you supply anything for no charge?
Serving up a particularly bleak vision of domestic hell (call it "The Five-Year Itch"), the film excavates more layers of deception, desperation, resentment and homicidal rage than you'd think could exist between two people who were once in love, all in service of an acridly funny punchline: "That's marriage.
Linklater probably wouldn't agree, but I think Tape is far and away the most powerful work he's ever made--an unforgettably painful, acridly funny, hyperkinetic dance of suddenly reversed assumptions and sedimented bitterness in which men barricade themselves against their wretchedness with selfishness and denial, and a woman, calmly and even amiably, shoves their game in their faces and leaves them staring into the emptiness their lives have been constructed to hide.