acerbic /əˈsəːbɪk/

a

I. adjective

1. (especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright

his acerbic wit.
2.
‹archaic›
‹technical› tasting sour or bitter.
II. derivatives

1. acerbically
adverb


2. acerbity /əˈsəːbəti /
noun


– origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin acerbus ‘sour-tasting’ + -ic.

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