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Definition of the adjective acerb

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adjective - degrees: more acerb / acerber | most acerb / acerbest

  1. sour or bitter in taste
  2. harsh or corrosive in tone

Alternative definition of the adjective acerb


  1. Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit.
  2. Sharp and harsh in expressing oneself.

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Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary (1863)

English, Technological, and Scientific by John Ogilvie

ACERB', a. [L. acerbus; G. herbe, harsh, sour, tart, bitter, rough, whence herbst, autumn, herbstzeit, harvest time; D. herfst, harvest. See HARVEST.] Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste; sour ...

Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

Acerb, having a harsh taste like that of unripe fruit. Norm—In the accrb taste sourness is mingled with astringency. Exacerbate, lit. To render more harsh to the taste. Hence, Fig. To render more severe. Physicians speak of the exacerbation of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Practical Medicine: Comprising General Pathology ... (1845)

by James Copland

Cnisnolm attributed the prevalence of colic in Devonshire to the abuse of cider in summer and autumn, by the labourers, when busily engaged in the hay and corn harvest the cold acerb cider inducing a spasmodic state of the bowels in ...

Google previewAn English-Konkani Pronouncing Pocket Dictionary (1930)

by J. M. Pinto

Acerb, n-sêrh, a. Orvo; amhott. Acerbity, n-sеr-Ы-tti', n. Oerai; amsaun; coddsan; fg. couniettai.

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Scrabble value of A1C3E1R1B3

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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