Definition of acrid in English:

acrid

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Pronunciation: /ˈakrɪd
 
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adjective

Unpleasantly bitter or pungent: acrid smoke an acrid smell
More example sentences
  • Smith, who lives above the damaged flat, said the hallway had been filled with smoke and an acrid smell of burning.
  • The air possessed a pungent, acrid smell because the cigarette had burned through a filter stub in the overflowing ashtray.
  • The television screen cracked and blew out, smoke and the acrid smell of burning rubber spilling from it.
Synonyms
pungent, bitter, sharp, sour, tart, harsh, acid, acidic, acidulated, vinegary, acerbic, acetic, acetous; stinging, burning, irritating, nauseating; noxious, strong, malodorous, odorous, burnt, sooty
literary mephitic

Origin

early 18th century: formed irregularly from Latin acer, acri- 'sharp, pungent' + -id1, probably influenced by acid.

Derivatives

acridity

Pronunciation: /əˈkrɪdɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • Whatsoever essence it derives from earth or water, all that conduces to its bitterness, its acridity, its unpleasantness.
  • Everything good in nature and the world is in that moment of transition, when the swarthy juices still flow plentifully from nature, but their astringency or acridity is got out by ethics and humanity ’.
  • I was surprised by the acridity of my own response.

acridly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Howson has a studio on the top floor, a big, bright, airy space that smells acridly of institutional disinfectant.
  • ‘Well isn't this just great,’ she said acridly, ‘I'm stuck in a hole with someone who wants to kill me.’
  • The following year he climbed Paricutin, a Mexican volcano, and distributed 450 pounds of bread along its acridly steaming rim.

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