acerbic


acerbic

adjective

  1. sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic.
  2. harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism.

adjective

  1. harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
adj.

1865, originally, and usually, figurative: “sour, harsh, severe” (of speech, manners, etc.), from Latin acerbus “harsh to the taste, sharp, bitter, sour” (see acerbity) + -ic.

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