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acrid

[ak-rid] /ˈæk rɪd/
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 of acrid
1705-1715
1705-15; < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -id4, perhaps through influence of acid
Related forms
acridity
[uh-krid-i-tee] /əˈkrɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
acridness, noun
acridly, adverb
subacrid, adjective
subacridly, adverb
subacridness, noun
subacridity, noun
Can be confused
acerbic, acid, acrid.
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  • Its sharp white teeth gleamed in the gaping red mouth, and I could feel its hot breath fierce and acrid upon me.

    Dracula's Guest Bram Stoker
  • A few should be avoided because of their acrid taste or their strong odor.

  • Clay is usually cool and very absorbent of the acrid oils occurring in the distillation of tobacco.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
  • The Tavern “office” was crowded and hazy with acrid blue smoke.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • He snorted and jerked his head as the acrid fumes began to tickle his nostrils and smart his eyes.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • All this came out of her like an unctuous trickle of some acrid oil.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for acrid

acrid

/ˈækrɪd/
adjective
1.
unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste
2.
sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature
Derived Forms
acridity (əˈkrɪdɪtɪ), acridness, noun
acridly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ācer sharp, sour; probably formed on the model of acid
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Word Origin and History for acrid
adj.

1712, formed irregularly from Latin acer (fem. acris) "sharp, pungent, bitter, eager, fierce," from PIE *akri- "sharp," from root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce" (cf. Oscan akrid (ablative singular) "sharply;" Greek akis "sharp point," akros "at the farthest point, highest, outermost," akantha "thorn," akme "summit, edge;" also oxys "sharp, bitter;" Sanskrit acri- "corner, edge," acani- "point of an arrow," asrih "edge;" Lithuanian ašmuo "sharpness," akstis "sharp stick;" Old Lithuanian aštras, Lithuanian aštrus "sharp;" Old Church Slavonic ostru, Russian óstryj "sharp;" Old Irish er "high;" Welsh ochr "edge, corner, border;" Old Norse eggja "goad;" Old English ecg "sword"). The -id suffix probably is in imitation of acid. Acrious (1670s) is a correct formation, but seldom seen.

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acrid in Medicine

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.
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