acrid

[ ak-rid ]
/ ˈæk rɪd /

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.

Origin of acrid

1705–15; < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -id4, perhaps through influence of acid

Related forms

Can be confused

acerbic acid acrid
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British Dictionary definitions for acridity

acrid

/ (ˈækrɪd) /

adjective

unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature

Derived Forms

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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Medicine definitions for acridity

acrid

[ ăkrĭd ]

adj.

Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.

Related forms

a•cridi•ty (ə-krĭdĭ-tē) null n.
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