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[verb as-er-beyt; adjective uh-sur-bit]
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verb (used with object), ac·er·bat·ed, ac·er·bat·ing.
  1. to make sour or bitter.
  2. to exasperate.
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  1. embittered.
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Origin of acerbate

1725–35; < Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre to make bitter. See acerbic, -ate1
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Related Words

annoy, aggravate, disturb, provoke, perturb

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Historical Examples

  • Lady Laura had triumphed; but she had no desire to acerbate her husband by any unpalatable allusion to her victory.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope

  • The poor girl had not spirit sufficient to upbraid her friend; nor did it suit her now to acerbate an enemy.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for acerbate


verb (tr)
  1. to embitter or exasperate
  2. to make sour or bitter
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre to make sour
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