acridness

acrid

[ak-rid]
adjective
1.
sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning rubber.
2.
extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic: acrid remarks.

Origin:
1705–15; < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -id4, perhaps through influence of acid

acridity [uh-krid-i-tee] , acridness, noun
acridly, adverb
subacrid, adjective
subacridly, adverb
subacridness, noun
subacridity, noun

acerbic, acid, acrid.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To acridness
Collins
World English Dictionary
acrid (ˈækrɪd)
 
adj
1.  unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
2.  sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature
 
[C18: from Latin ācer sharp, sour; probably formed on the model of acid]
 
acridity
 
n
 
'acridness
 
n
 
'acridly
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

acrid
1712, from L. acer (fem. acris) "sharp, pungent, bitter, eager, fierce," from PIE *ak-ri-, from base *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce" (cf. Oscan acrid "sharply;" Gk. akis "sharp point," akros "at the farthest point, highest, pointed," akantha "thorn," akme "summit, edge;" also oxys "sharp,
bitter;" Skt. acri- "corner, edge," acani- "point of an arrow," asrih "edge;" Lith. asmuo "sharpness," akstis "sharp stick;" O.Ir. er "high;" Welsh ochr "edge, corner, border;" O.N. eggja "goad;" O.E. ecg "sword"). The -id suffix probably is in imitation of acid.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

acrid ac·rid (āk'rĭd)
adj.
Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.


a·crid'i·ty (ə-krĭd'ĭ-tē) or ac'rid·ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature