- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)II(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Sour in taste]Syn. sour, acidic, tart; see sour 1 .2. [Sharp or harsh in temper or language]III(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, saccharineIV(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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Acerbic — A*cerb ic, a. Sour or severe. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
acerbic — index bitter (acrid tasting), harsh, mordacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
acerbic — (adj.) 1865, originally, and usually, figurative: sour, harsh, severe (of speech, manners, etc.), from L. acerbus harsh to the taste, sharp, bitter, sour (see ACERBITY (Cf. acerbity)) + IC (Cf. ic) … Etymology dictionary
acerbic — [adj] bitter, sharp, or sour acidic, acrid, astringent, caustic, harsh, sharp, tart; concept 613 … New thesaurus
acerbic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sharp and forthright. 2) archaic or technical tasting sour or bitter. DERIVATIVES acerbically adverb acerbity noun. ORIGIN from Latin acerbus sour tasting … English terms dictionary
acerbic — [ə sʉr′bik] adj. [Fr acerbe < L acerbus: see ACERBITY] 1. sour in taste 2. sharp, bitter, or harsh in temper, language, etc … English World dictionary
acerbic — [[t]əsɜ͟ː(r)bɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Acerbic humour is critical and direct. [FORMAL] Comments I have made in a spirit of slightly acerbic wit have been misunderstood... His lyrics are as acerbic and poignant as they ever have been. Syn: sharp … English dictionary
acerbic — adjective Date: 1865 acid in temper, mood, or tone < acerbic commentary > < an acerbic reviewer > • acerbically adverb … New Collegiate Dictionary
acerbic — acerbically, adv. /euh serr bik/, adj. 1. sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic. 2. harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism. [1860 65; < L acerb(us) sour, unripe, bitterly harsh + IC, irreg. for OUS] * * * … Universalium
acerbic — adjective /əˈsɜrbɪk/ a) Sour or bitter. Those consumers who object to the acerbic taste of garlic can purchase de odorized garlic or allicin extract. b) Sarcastic or cynical. Supercompetent, superconfident and supercritical, Schmidt is a gifted… … Wiktionary
acerbic — adj. Acerbic is used with these nouns: ↑wit … Collocations dictionary