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ACERBIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does acerbic mean? 

ACERBIC (adjective)
  The adjective ACERBIC has 2 senses:

1. sour or bitter in taste
2. harsh or corrosive in tone

  Familiarity information: ACERBIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACERBIC (adjective)


Sense 1acerbic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sour or bitter in taste

Synonyms:

acerb; acerbic; astringent

Similar:

sour (having a sharp biting taste)


Sense 2acerbic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Harsh or corrosive in tone

Synonyms:

vitriolic; acid; blistering; caustic; acerb; venomous; sulphurous; sulfurous; acrid; acerbic; bitter; virulent

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)


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