meaning of acerbic

acerbic meaning in General Dictionary

Sour or extreme

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  • bad or bitter in taste
  • harsh or corrosive in tone
  • Sour or serious.

acerbic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1865, initially, and often, figurative: "sour, harsh, extreme" (of speech, ways, etc.), from Latin acerbus "harsh into flavor, razor-sharp, bitter, sour" (see acerbity) + -ic.


acerbic meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Sour or serious.