- sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste.
- harshness or severity, as of temper or expression.
Origin of acerbity
Examples from the Web for acerbity
Now, she spoke with some acerbity in her voice, which could at will be wondrous soft and low.Within the Law
“I would have thought her mother should have kept her in order,” said Rachel with acerbity.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
After a time Mern suggested with acerbity that Craig was incoherent.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
"You have promised me," he began, with a note of acerbity in his voice.The Green Rust
Much annoyed, I answered with some acerbity, bidding her kindly to be gone.Fibble, D. D.
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
- vitriolic or embittered speech, temper, etc
- sourness or bitterness of taste
Word Origin and History for acerbity
1570s, from Middle French acerbité, from Latin acerbitatem (nominative acerbitas) "harshness, sharpness, bitterness," from acerbus "bitter to taste, sharp, sour, tart" (related to acer "sharp;" cf. Latin superbus "haughty," from super "above"), from Proto-Italic *akro-po- "sharp," from PIE *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Earliest use in English is figurative, of "sharp and bitter" persons. Of tastes, from 1610s.