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acerbate

[v. as-er-beyt; adj. uh-sur-bit] /v. ˈæs ərˌbeɪt; adj. əˈsɜr bɪt/
verb (used with object), acerbated, acerbating.
1.
to make sour or bitter.
2.
to exasperate.
adjective
Origin of acerbate
1725-1735
1725-35; < Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre to make bitter. See acerbic, -ate1
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  • The poor girl had not spirit sufficient to upbraid her friend; nor did it suit her now to acerbate an enemy.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Lady Laura had triumphed; but she had no desire to acerbate her husband by any unpalatable allusion to her victory.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for acerbate

acerbate

/ˈæsəˌbeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to embitter or exasperate
2.
to make sour or bitter
Word Origin
C18: from Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre to make sour
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