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Definition of the noun acerbity

What does acerbity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acerbities

  1. a sharp bitterness
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: bitter / bitterness = the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
  2. a sharp sour taste
  3. a rough and bitter manner

Alternative definition of the noun acerbity


  1. Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.
  2. Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, 'acerbity' of temper, of language, of pain

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Google previewEnglish Synonyms and Antonyms (1896)

by J.C. Fernald

ACRIMO NY SYNONYMB : acer'blty harshness severity tartness asperity malignlty sharpness nnkindness bitterness moroseness sonrness virulence en Acerbity is a sharpness, with a touch of bitterness, which may arise from momentary ...

Google previewThe Merchant Seamen's War (1990)

by Tony Lane

They may go bad-temperedly, they often do, but a certain acerbity is the proper hall-mark of sailing day whether in war or peace. It is compounded partly of hangovers, and partly of regret for the absence of hangovers, and it has nothing to do ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

ACERBITY. acidulous adj. лею. acknowledge v. 1 admit, confess, own, accept, concede, grant, allow, endorse, accede, approve, acquiesce, consent. 2 thank, appreciate, reward, requite, repay, recompense. 3 respond to, recognize, return, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils Oeijord

instinct acerbity, acerbity instinct achieve, thewilltoachieve instinct achievement, needforachievement instinct acquire, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

sardonic bitterly irritating to the feelings acrid bitterly mocking cynical, sardonic bitterly pungent acrid bitterly scornful sardonic bitterness acerbity, acrimony, anger, animosity, aridness, causticity, edginess, gall, grudge, indignation, irascibility, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)

True it is , that the talents for criticism, namely, smartness, quick censure, vivacity of remark , indeed all but acerbity, seem rather the gifts of youth than of old age. Pope. 3.

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

Head, Acerbity; see Aoid. Ache, a pain. (E.) M.E. ate, a better spelling. A. S. eece,ect, A. S. Leechdoms, iii. 6. Also M. E. a/ten, vb. pt. Look; A. S. of an. — V AG, to drive, agitate; as in L. agert, Icel. ata ...

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Acerbity Meaning

Video shows what acerbity means. Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.. Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of ...

Scrabble value of A1C3E1R1B3I1T1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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