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acerbic

[uh-sur-bik] /əˈsɜr bɪk/
adjective
1.
sour or astringent in taste:
Lemon juice is acerbic.
2.
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression:
acerbic criticism.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Latin acerb(us) sour, unripe, bitterly harsh + -ic, irregular for -ous
Related forms
acerbically, adverb
unacerbic, adjective
unacerbically, adverb
Can be confused
acerbic, acid, acrid.
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acerbic

/əˈsɜːbɪk/
adjective
1.
harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acerbus sour, bitter
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acerbic
1865, originally, and usually, figurative, "sour, harsh, severe" (of speech, manners, etc.), from L. acerbus "harsh to the taste, sharp, bitter, sour" (see acerbity).
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