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acerb

[ uh-surb ]
/ əˈsɜrb /
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Origin of acerb

1650–60; <Latin acerbus;see acerbic
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Example sentences from the Web for acerb

  • The fruit remains acerb and hard; the tree declines to be "ameliorated" for the good of mankind.

    Prairie Gold|Various
  • She denied that stenographers could ever form a union, but she could not answer his acerb, “Why not?”

    The Job|Sinclair Lewis
  • Thereupon followed a soft discussion that was as near being acerb as nails are near velvet paws.

    Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith
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