Acerbic meaning

ə-sûrb
Acerbic is defined as language or actions which are hostile or sharp.

An example of being acerbic is when someone's tone of voice is harsh.

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Sharp or biting, as in character or expression.
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Sour in taste.
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Sharp, bitter, or harsh in temper, language, etc.
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Sour or bitter tasting; acid.
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Tasting Sour or bitter.
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The definition of acerbic is a tart or bitter taste.

An example of something that is acerbic is a lime.

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Origin of acerbic

  • From Latin acerbus ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Attested since the 17th century, from Latin acerbus (“sour, bitter”).

    From Wiktionary