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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

OTHER WORDS FROM acrid

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH acrid

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

Derived forms of acrid

acridity (əˈkrɪdɪtɪ) or acridness, nounacridly, adverb

Word Origin for acrid

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.

Other words from acrid

a•cridi•ty (ə-krĭdĭ-tē) null n.
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