acerb

[uh-surb]
adjective

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin acerbus; see acerbic

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acerb

adjective
1. sour or bitter in taste 
2. harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique" 
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His genially acerb colleagues lampoon him mercilessly, but he finds in their own folklore grounds for a measure of hilarity.
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