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acrid

[ ak-rid ]
/ ˈæk rɪd /
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adjective

sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning rubber.
extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic: acrid remarks.

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Origin of acrid

1705–15; <Latin ācr- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -id4, perhaps through influence of acid
acerbic, acid, acrid
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British Dictionary definitions for acrid

acrid
/ (ˈækrɪd) /

adjective

unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature
acridity (əˈkrɪdɪtɪ) or acridness, nounacridly, adverb
C18: from Latin ācer sharp, sour; probably formed on the model of acid
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Medical definitions for acrid

acrid
[ ăkrĭd ]

adj.

Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.
a•cridi•ty (ə-krĭdĭ-tē) null n.
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