The definition of acerbic is a tart or bitter taste.adjective
An example of something that is acerbic is a lime.
Acerbic is defined as language or actions which are hostile or sharp.adjective
An example of being acerbic is when someone's tone of voice is harsh.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- sour in taste
- sharp, bitter, or harsh in temper, language, etc.
Origin: Fr acerbe < L acerbus: see acerbity
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- Sour or bitter tasting; acid. See Synonyms at bitter.
- Sharp or biting, as in character or expression: “At times, the playwright allows an acerbic tone to pierce through otherwise arid or flowery prose” (Alvin Klein).
Origin: From Latin acerbus; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
- a·cerˈbi·cal·ly adverb