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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for acridity

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 acridity
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.
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acridity 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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