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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 previewEnglish Synonyms and Antonyms, with Notes on the Correct Use of Prepositions (1896)

by James Champlin Fernald

act 16 Acerbity is a sharpness, with a touch of bitterness, which may arise from momentary annoyance or habitual impatience; asperity is keener and more pronounced, denoting distinct irritation or vexation; in speech asperity is often ...

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 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 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)

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 previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers: Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson

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 previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1895)

by Walter William Skeat

Acerbity ; see Acid. Ache, a pain. (E.) M. E. ake, a better spelling. A. S. ace, ace, A. S. Leechdoms, iii. 6. Also M. E. aken, vb. pt. t.

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 ...



Acerbity – (noun) a rough and bitter manner. Acerbity developed between two brothers on a land dispute. Acervate – (adj.) pertaining to a growth of fungi that forms a leaped-up mass. This is an acervate fungus sporophores. Acetic – (adj.) ...

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, ...

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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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