Origin of acrid
Related Words for acridityacidity, incisiveness, acrimony, mordacity, sharpness, trenchancy, acerbity, causticity, mordancy
Examples from the Web for acridity
Historical Examples of acridity
Then, turning to Magnus, excused himself for the acridity of his words.The Octopus
Besides, the German wines in themselves have other qualities than that of acridity.The Parisians, Complete
Tom had a nagging air, and a trifle of acridity on his broad features.Evan Harrington, Complete
It seemed attracted by the acridity of the beautiful insect, as the moth is by the flame.The Insect
Mr Thresh succeeded in obtaining an alkaloid from the capsicum, but this was entirely wanting in acridity and pungency.
Word Origin for acrid
1712, formed irregularly from Latin acer (fem. acris) "sharp, pungent, bitter, eager, fierce," from PIE *akri- "sharp," from root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce" (cf. Oscan akrid (ablative singular) "sharply;" Greek akis "sharp point," akros "at the farthest point, highest, outermost," akantha "thorn," akme "summit, edge;" also oxys "sharp, bitter;" Sanskrit acri- "corner, edge," acani- "point of an arrow," asrih "edge;" Lithuanian ašmuo "sharpness," akstis "sharp stick;" Old Lithuanian aštras, Lithuanian aštrus "sharp;" Old Church Slavonic ostru, Russian óstryj "sharp;" Old Irish er "high;" Welsh ochr "edge, corner, border;" Old Norse eggja "goad;" Old English ecg "sword"). The -id suffix probably is in imitation of acid. Acrious (1670s) is a correct formation, but seldom seen.