acerbity

[uh-sur-bi-tee]
noun
1.
sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste.
2.
harshness or severity, as of temper or expression.

Origin:
1565–75; < Latin acerbitās. See acerbic, -ity

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acerbity (əˈsɜːbɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  vitriolic or embittered speech, temper, etc
2.  sourness or bitterness of taste

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acerbity
1570s, from M.Fr. acerbité, from L. acerbitatem (nom. acerbitas) "harshness, sharpness, bitterness," from acerbus "bitter, sharp, tart" (related to acer "sharp;" cf. L. superbus "haughty," from super "above"), from PIE *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Earliest use in Eng.
is figurative, of "sharp and bitter" persons.
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The benevolence and public spirit of that long life had only been equalled by its acerbity.
It's a strange experience to read a critic best known for extreme acerbity writing about a subject he loves.
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