biting

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. sharp, piercing, keen; pungent, acrid; forceful, telling.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Acidulous]
Syn. sharp, keen, tangy, stinging; see acid 2 , sour 1 .
2. [In the act of biting]
Syn. seizing, wounding, abrading, piercing, puncturing, incising, lacerating, holding, tasting, masticating, mangling, nipping, nibbling, snapping, gnawing, munching, crunching, gripping, chewing, worrying, in the mouth, with teeth in, sinking teeth into, champing, chomping.
3. [Sarcastic]
Syn. caustic, cutting, acrimonious, bitter; see sarcastic .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. caustic bitter, cutting, penetrating, piercing, stinging.
2. sarcastic cutting, caustic, nasty, bitter, stinging, acerbic, scathing, sharp.
ANT.: 1. gentle, balmy, soothing
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective So sharp as to cause mental pain: acerbic, acid, acidic, acrid, astringent, caustic, corrosive, cutting, mordacious, mordant, pungent, scathing, sharp, slashing, stinging, trenchant, truculent, vitriolic. See ATTACK, RESPECT.

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