Definition of acerbic in English:

acerbic

Line breaks: acerb¦ic
Pronunciation: /əˈsəːbɪk
 
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adjective

Derivatives

acerbically

adverb
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  • ‘The names engraved in gold inside it’, he notes acerbically, ‘are supposed to inspire veneration and awe, not to motivate the young to examine the lives of the named individuals with curiosity and patience’.
  • ‘I can see the headlines now,’ he said acerbically.
  • This is a remarkably candid self-assessment from a legendarily prickly man of whom his own ex-wife once acerbically observed: ‘His self-regard was easily punctured and his reaction was protracted and troublesome.’

acerbity

noun
More example sentences
  • The source said: ‘There was no acrimony, no acerbity.’
  • These writings revealed a first-rate sensibility, a critic ready to stick his neck out and make the necessary judgments, sometimes with acerbity, often with a humorous irony.
  • It has lacked pathos, wit and acerbity.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin acerbus 'sour-tasting' + -ic.

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