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acerbic

[uh-sur-bik]
adjective
1.
sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic.
2.
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism.

Origin:
1860–65; < Latin acerb(us) sour, unripe, bitterly harsh + -ic, irregular for -ous

acerbically, adverb
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unacerbically, adverb

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acerbic (əˈsɜːbɪk)
 
adj
harsh, bitter, or astringent; sour
 
[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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