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Definition of the noun acerbity
What does acerbity mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: acerbities
- a sharp bitterness
- a sharp sour taste
- a rough and bitter manner
Alternative definition of the noun acerbity
- Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.
- Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, 'acerbity' of temper, of language, of pain
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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 ...
The 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 ...
Synonyms 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 ...
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, ...
A 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, ...
by Nils Oeijord
instinct acerbity, acerbity instinct achieve, thewilltoachieve instinct achievement, needforachievement instinct acquire, ...
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.
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.
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 ...
by V&S EDITORIAL BOARD
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.) ...
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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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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