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Thursday, March 20, 2008

acerbic

\uh-SUR-bik\ , adjective;
1.
Sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
Quotes:
But more than that, he is a social critic, and an efficient one, acerbic and devastating.
-- Benoit Aubin, "Quebec's King of Comedy", Maclean's, August 27, 2001
Since I started out as a writer many years ago, I have built a reputation as an acerbic, mean-spirited observer of the human condition.
-- Joe Queenan, My Goodness: A Cynic's Short-Lived Search for Sainthood
Joey gained a reputation as a smart aleck adept at delivering acerbic one-liners.
-- "Joseph Heller, Author of 'Catch-22,' Dies at 76", New York Times, December 14, 1999
Origin:
Acerbic comes from Latin acerbus, "bitter, sour, severe, harsh."
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