- sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning rubber.
- extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic: acrid remarks.
Origin of acrid
Examples from the Web for acrid
Unlike California, it was physical, ugly and acrid back then.Asians vs. Affirmative Action
March 31, 2014
With 2014 as a congressional election year, the acrid scrums of 2013 will give way to the combat of the campaign.Want Hope in 2014? Forget Politics, Focus on Energy and Medicine
December 31, 2013
Amidst much screeching of breaks and the acrid smell of burning rubber, Cameron executed a high speed u-turn.The Cameron Option
November 12, 2008
They were hitting on all cylinders as they mined the acrid ore of Mamet's singular cynicism.First Peek: Jeremy Piven Debuts On Broadway
October 5, 2008
His mouth was full of something that burned, a liquid hot, acrid, and stinging.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The great box-plants, the great box-plants with their acrid, perturbing perfume!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The acrid odor of the atmosphere was already beginning to be disagreeable.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
A few should be avoided because of their acrid taste or their strong odor.
Its taste is acrid, and it grows in lawns and pastures from June to September.
- unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
- sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature
Word Origin and History for acrid
1712, formed irregularly from Latin acer (fem. acris) "sharp, pungent, bitter, eager, fierce," from PIE *akri- "sharp," from root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce" (cf. Oscan akrid (ablative singular) "sharply;" Greek akis "sharp point," akros "at the farthest point, highest, outermost," akantha "thorn," akme "summit, edge;" also oxys "sharp, bitter;" Sanskrit acri- "corner, edge," acani- "point of an arrow," asrih "edge;" Lithuanian ašmuo "sharpness," akstis "sharp stick;" Old Lithuanian aštras, Lithuanian aštrus "sharp;" Old Church Slavonic ostru, Russian óstryj "sharp;" Old Irish er "high;" Welsh ochr "edge, corner, border;" Old Norse eggja "goad;" Old English ecg "sword"). The -id suffix probably is in imitation of acid. Acrious (1670s) is a correct formation, but seldom seen.
- Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.