[ ak-rid ]
/ ˈæk rɪd /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM acrid
a·crid·i·ty [uh-krid-i-tee], /əˈkrɪd ɪ ti/, ac·rid·ness, nounac·rid·ly, adverbsub·ac·rid, adjectivesub·ac·rid·ly, adverb
sub·ac·rid·ness, nounsub·a·crid·i·ty, noun
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How to use acrid in a sentence
Soaked in never-ending streams of bright orange bear spray, the officers choked on plumes of acrid smoke that singed their nostrils and obscured their vision.“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection|by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan|February 12, 2021|ProPublica
It is acrid, colourless, and crystalline, and imparts its acridity to the plant.
Mr. Strachey, without abandoning the acridity of his style, exposes Florence Nightingale as a great constructor of civilization.Instigations|Ezra Pound
Thomas Nash will himself hardly escape the charge of acridity, but only injustice or want of discernment will call him a quack.A History of English Literature|George Saintsbury
Henry declined the combat, and after she sensed his intention, she went on, with increasing acridity.Rope|Holworthy Hall
This species is quite common; and though very acrid to the taste, this acridity is entirely lost in cooking.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
British Dictionary definitions for acrid
/ (ˈækrɪd) /
unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature
Derived forms of acridacridity (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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