Complete Definition of "acerbic"

English

Etymology
acerb + -ic

Pronunciation
italbrac|US IPA|/əˈsɜrbɪk/, AHD|ə-sûr'bĭk
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɜː(r)bɪk|-ɜː(r)bɪk

Adjective
en-adj
#sour|Sour or bitter.
#sarcastic|Sarcastic or cynical - e.g. acerbic wit; "Well, he's certainly the bright bulb among the 25-watters..."
#sharp|Sharp-tempered.
#:Quotations:
#:*"...he is one of the most acerbic people in his field, quick to take offense and not shy about telling people with whom he disagrees how much he thinks they have failed in thought and action." — Washington Post, May 5, 2005

Synonyms
sarcastic or cynical
scathing

Related terms
acerb

Translations
trans-top|sour or bitter
German: sauer, bitter
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trans-top|sarcastic or cynical
German: ätzend, beißend
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Revision and Credits for"acerbic"
  • 2007-12-13 06:00 - Robert Ullmann - Undo revision 3420977 by [[Special:Contributions/Webster Boy|Webster Boy]] ([[User talk:Webster Boy|Talk]]) restore better definition

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