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/ əˈsɜr bɪk /
sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic.
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism.
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British Dictionary definitions for acerbically
/ (əˈsɜːbɪk) /
harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
Word Origin for acerbic
C17: from Latin acerbus sour, bitter
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