Sourness of flavor with bitterness and astringency that way of unripe fruit
- a-sharp bad taste
- a sharp bitterness
- a rough and bitter way
- Sourness of flavor, with bitterness and astringency, like that unripe good fresh fruit.
- Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temperament, of language, of discomfort.
1570s, from Middle French acerbit
(letter.) Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, that way of unripe good fresh fruit.
- (n.) Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of mood, of language, of pain.
Notwithstanding the zeal and ability which he had invariably displayed as foreign minister, it had long been felt by his colleagues that his eager and frequent interference in the affairs of foreign countries, his imperious temper, the extreme acerbity of his language abroad, of which there are ample proofs in his published correspondence, and the evasions and artifices he employed to carry his points at home, rendered him a dangerous representative of the foreign interests of the country.