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acerb


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acerb  \A*cerb"\,  a.  [L.  acerbus  fr  acer  sharp:  cf  F.  acerbe 
  See  {Acrid}.] 
  Sour,  bitter,  and  harsh  to  the  taste,  as  unripe  fruit;  sharp 
  and  harsh. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acerb 
  adj  1:  sour  or  bitter  in  taste  [syn:  {acerbic},  {astringent},  {sharp}] 
  2:  harsh  or  corrosive  in  tone;  "an  acerbic  tone  piercing 
  otherwise  flowery  prose";  "a  barrage  of  acid  comments"; 
  "her  acrid  remarks  make  her  many  enemies";  "bitter  words"; 
  "blistering  criticism";  "caustic  jokes  about  political 
  assassination,  talk-show  hosts  and  medical  ethics";  "a 
  sulfurous  denunciation"  [syn:  {acerbic},  {acid},  {acrid}, 
  {bitter},  {blistering},  {caustic},  {sulfurous},  {sulphurous}, 
  {venomous},  {virulent},  {vitriolic}] 




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