Acrid meaning

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The definition of acrid is a thing or person that is bitter and/or harsh.

An example of acrid is the type of divorce where the couple fight over everything and purposely try to hurt one another.

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Acrid is defined as a sharp, bitter taste or smell that is unpleasant.

An example of acrid is the smell of sour milk.

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Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.
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Sharp, bitter, stinging, or irritating to the taste or smell.
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Bitter or sarcastic in speech, etc.
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Sharp and harsh, or bitter and not to the taste; pungent.

Sodium polyacrylate is an acrid salt.

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Causing heat and irritation; corrosive.

The bombardier beetle sprays acrid secretions to defend itself.

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Caustic; bitter; bitterly irritating.

That man has an acrid temper.

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Caustic in language or tone.

An acrid political campaign.

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Origin of acrid

  • From Latin ācer sharp (probably modeled on acid) ak- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin ācris, from ācer (“sharp”); probably assimilated in form to acid. Cf. eager.

    From Wiktionary