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Definition of the noun acerbity

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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 previewSynonyms Discriminated (1908)

A Dictionary of Synonymous Words in the English Language, Illustrated with Quotations from Standard Writers by Charles John Smith

Acerbity is the expression of a character wanting in natural mildnesl and sweetness. Asrsmrr (Lat. asp'ér'lt&tem, rou hncss q/'surface, severity) relates rat er to the manner than to the disposition. It is a rough way of dealin with others which is ...

Google previewWords: Their History and Derivation (1871)

Alphabetically Arranged. A-B. With Postscript: Principles of Scientific Etymology. And Index of Compared Words, in Eighty Languages and Dialects by F. Ebener, E. M. Greenway

Acerbity is a derivative from the L. ACHATE, ACATE— Acheter, Fr. Root is CHAT ; in iSskr. khat, " to desire," that is, " to have the hands half open as for a grasp," and therefrom the Sskr. khataka, "half- opened hand," khattika, "a butcher, ...

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 previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1882)

by Walter William Skeat

Acerbity ; see Acid. Ache, a pain. (E.) M. E. ate, a better spelling. A. S. ace, ccc, A. S. Leechdoms, iii.

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 daily blunders, by the author of 'A handy book of synonyms'. [With] A handy book of common English synonyms [and] A handy classical dictionary. [3 pt. Issued together in a publisher's casing with the general title Handbook for writers and readers]. (1880)

by Thomas Preston (lexicographer.)

Acerbity, asperity, sharpness, acrimony. Achieve, to do, accomplish, effect, fulfil, execute, gain, win. Achievement, feat, exploit, accomplishment, attainment, performance, acquirement, gain. Acknowledge, admit, confess, own, avow, grant, ...

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 previewWebster's Collegiate Dictionary (1917)

3d Ed. of the Merriam Series. The Largest Abridgment of Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language; 1700 Illustrations

Acrimony, asperity, acerbity, tartness agree in the idea of sharpness or bitterness of temper or language. Acrimony suggests a caustic temper and biting, even corrosive, speech. Asperity suggests irritability and resentfulness of disposition, ...

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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