acerbic

[ uh-sur-bik ]
/ əˈsɜr bɪk /

adjective

sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic.
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism.

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Origin of acerbic

1860–65; < Latin acerb(us) sour, unripe, bitterly harsh + -ic, irregular for -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM acerbic

a·cer·bi·cal·ly, adverbun·a·cer·bic, adjectiveun·a·cer·bi·cal·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH acerbic

acerbic acid acrid

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British Dictionary definitions for acerbic

acerbic
/ (əˈsɜːbɪk) /

adjective

harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour

Word Origin for acerbic

C17: from Latin acerbus sour, bitter
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