What does acrid mean?

acrid meaning in General Dictionary

Sharp and harsh or bitter and not towards flavor pungent as acrid salts

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  • strong and razor-sharp
  • harsh or corrosive in tone
  • Sharp and harsh, or sour and not, to the flavor; pungent; as, acrid salts.
  • Causing temperature and discomfort; corrosive; as, acrid secretions.
  • Caustic; bitter; bitterly annoying; because, acrid mood, brain, writing.

acrid meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1712, formed irregularly from Latin acer (fem. acris) "sharp, pungent, sour, eager, tough," from PIE *akri- "sharp," from root *ak- "be sharp, increase (out) to a place, pierce" (cognates: Oscan akrid (ablative singular) "sharply;" Greek akis "sharp point," akros "at the farthest point, greatest, outermost," akantha "thorn," akme "summit, side;" also oxys "sharp, bitter;" Sanskrit acri- "place, side," acani- "point of an arrow," asrih "edge;" Lithuanian ašmuo "sharpness," akstis "sharp stick;" Old Lithuanian aštras, Lithuanian aštrus "sharp;" Old Church Slavonic ostru, Russian


acrid meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Sharp and harsh, or bitter rather than, towards the flavor; pungent; as, acrid salts.

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  • (a.) Causing heat and discomfort; corrosive; as, acrid secretions.
  • (a.) Caustic; bitter; bitterly irritating; as, acrid temperament, head, writing.

Sentence Examples with the word acrid

The integument of tailed and tailless batrachians is remarkable for the great abundance of follicular glands, of which there may be two kinds, each having a special secretion, which is always more or less acrid and irritating, and affords a means of defence against the attacks of many carnivorous animals.

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