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Definition of the adjective acerbic

What does acerbic mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more acerbic / most acerbic

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

Alternative definition of the adjective acerbic


  1. Sour or bitter.
  2. Sarcastic or cynical.
  3. See Sharp-tempered.

Definition of the adjective acerbic for high school students

    biting, bitter in tone or taste
    • example: Jill became extremely acerbic and began to cruelly make fun of all her friends.

The adjective acerbic is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

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Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2013)

by Adrian Room

acerbic see acid achievement/exploit/feat An achievement is an accomplishment that involved the overcoming of a disadvantage or difficulty: 'It is an achievement to pass your driving test after only ten lessons.' An exploit is a brave, risky or ...

Google previewDictionary, Grades 6 - 12 (2012)

Classic Reference Library by American Education Publishing

acerbic. serve. a•cer•bic adj. Acid in one's mood. ac•et•a•min•o•phen n. A compound used for relieving pain and fever. ac•e•tate n. Salt formed by the union of acetic acid with a base, used in making rayon and plastics. a•ce•tic adj. Pertaining to ...

Google previewDictionary of the Literature of the Iberian Peninsula (1993)

by Germán Bleiberg

El siglo pitagorico, in verse with some prose segments, presents brilliant and acerbic transformations of a soul in various bodies, based on the Pythagorean idea of transmigration. In its depictions of the greedy, the talebearer, the lady, the royal ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (1988)

by Nila Gott

AUROCH, MORSEL, BUFFALO bite _ EAT, NIP, TANG, STING biting _ ACID, TART, ACRID, SHARP, ACERBIC, MORDANT bitter _ SOUR, ACRID, ACERBIC bitter (pert to) bark _ NIEPA, NIOTA vetch _ ERS water _ MARAH bitumen _ TAR, ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

acerbic /uh-ser-bik/ adj. sharp and direct: acerbic comments. acerbically adv. acerbity n. – origin Latin acerbus 'sour-tasting'. acetate /a-si-tayt/ n. 1 Chem. a salt or ester of acetic acid. 2 fibre or plastic made from a substance produced ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010)

by Julia Cresswell

acerbic [M19th] This is from Latin acerbus 'sour-tasting'. ache [OE] The word ache is a good example of the way that English spelling and pronunciation have developed and in many cases ...

Google previewPaperback Oxford English Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford Dictionaries,, Maurice Waite

acerbic /uh-ser-bik/ adj. sharp and direct: acerbic comments. acerbically adv. acerbity n. – origin Latin acerbus 'sour-tasting'. acetate /a-si-tayt/ n. 1 Chem. a salt or ester of acetic acid. 2 fibre or plastic made from a ...

Google previewCambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

acerbic /a's3:.bik/ ® /-'S3>:-/ adjective formal describes something that is spoken or written in a way that is direct, clever and cruel: The letters ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

acerbic 17 accusatorial; inquisitorial. Accusatorial = (1) of or pertaining to an accuser; or (2) indicating the form of criminal prosecution in which the alleged criminal is publicly accused of the crime and is tried in public by a judge who does not ...

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Scrabble value of A1C3E1R1B3I1C3

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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