- sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic.
- harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism.
Origin of acerbic
Examples from the Web for acerbic
Contemporary Examples of acerbic
On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday, the acerbic host had some harsh words for our butt-crazy culture.Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet
November 12, 2014
If Brady were as uptight and acerbic as Belichick often seems, the Patriot train would have long ago run off the rails.Peyton Manning and Tom Brady Don’t Control Their Own Legacies
January 18, 2014
But Tom Boswell makes it all look easy, gliding between the seasons with appreciation and acerbic wit.The Best Columns of the Year
December 31, 2013
A hazy choral interlude follows, followed by more nasty beats and acerbic lyrics.Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force
June 15, 2013
The Bling Ring is visceral, elegantly shot, and acerbic, as it probes the dark side of celebrity obsession.Sofia Coppola on ‘The Bling Ring,’ Celebrity Culture, Kanye West, More
June 13, 2013
- harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour