(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. bitter; harsh, severe. See pungency, severity.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Sour in taste]
Syn. sour, acidic, tart; see sour 1 .
2. [Sharp or harsh in temper or language]
Syn. biting, severe, caustic; see abrupt 2 , sarcastic , severe 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[uh SUR bick]
anything sour, bitter or sharp.
She was an insulting, acerbic-tongued witch.
SYN.: sour, bitter, harsh, sharp, astringent, acidic, acrid, tart, caustic.
ANT.: sweet, honeyed, nectarous, saccharine
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having a noticeably sharp pungent taste or smell: acrid, bitter, harsh, sour. See TASTE. 2. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids: acerb, acetous, acid, acidulous, dry, sour, tangy, tart1. See TASTE. 3. So sharp as to cause mental pain: acid, acidic, acrid, astringent, biting, caustic, corrosive, cutting, mordacious, mordant, pungent, scathing, sharp, slashing, stinging, trenchant, truculent, vitriolic. See ATTACK, RESPECT.

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