Sharp and harsh or bitter and not towards flavor pungent as acrid salts
- 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.
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
(a.) Sharp and harsh, or bitter rather than, towards the flavor; pungent; as, acrid salts.
- (a.) Causing heat and discomfort; corrosive; as, acrid secretions.
- (a.) Caustic; bitter; bitterly irritating; as, acrid temperament, head, writing.
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.