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[uh-ses-uh nt]
  1. turning sour; slightly sour; acidulous.
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Origin of acescent

1725–35; < Latin acēscent- (stem of acēscēns souring, present participle of acēscere), equivalent to ac- sharp + -ēscent- -escent
Related formsa·ces·cence, a·ces·cen·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for acescent

Historical Examples

  • A common cause of cramp is indigestion, and the use of acescent liquors; these should be avoided.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

    Barkham Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for acescent


  1. slightly sour or turning sour
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Derived Formsacescence or acescency, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin acēscent-, from acēscere to become sour, from ācer sharp
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