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acerbity

[ uh-sur-bi-tee ]
/ əˈsɜr bɪ ti /
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noun

sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste.
harshness or severity, as of temper or expression.

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Origin of acerbity

From the Latin word acerbitās, dating back to 1565–75. See acerbic, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for acerbity

acerbity
/ (əˈsɜːbɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

vitriolic or embittered speech, temper, etc
sourness or bitterness of taste
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