[ UK /ɐsˈɜːbɪk/ ]
[ US /əˈsɛɹbɪk/ ]
  1. harsh or corrosive in tone
    bitter words
    an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose
    caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics
    blistering criticism
    a sulfurous denunciation
    her acrid remarks make her many enemies
    a vitriolic critique
    a barrage of acid comments
  2. sour or bitter in taste
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How To Use acerbic In A Sentence

  • Simon Jenkins, a columnist with the UK's Guardian recently called Zuma a rapist and a racketeer in perhaps one of the most acerbic pieces yet the Guardian has published on Zuma.
  • What is left in ‘her’ wake, however, is an acerbically astute representation of a social environment in which mothers are routinely erased, undervalued, and ‘trapped’ within the domestic milieu.
  • Acerbic performance practices and pinched, puny instrumentation made these works seem severe.
  • Effortlessly unravelling the twists and turns of medieval Italian politics, Stonor Saunders is stylish in her prose style, languid in her learning and acerbic in her judgments.
  • After the invocational four-poem opening of 'Let's Just Say,' the book moves to 'Some of These Daze,' Bernstein's prose dispatches in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and on to the acerbic intimacies of 'World on Fire,' which critiques clichés like 'what are we fighting for?' The Chicago Blog: Press Release: Bernstein, Girly Man
  • She was not exactly your blonde bombshell type: plump, short, always casually dressed, and bitingly acerbic whenever she had the chance.
  • Known for his acerbic wit, sharp tongue, and occasional profanity, he stood out among the colorless bureaucrats who ruled Poland.
  • On stage, he's smart but unacademic; attractive yet mildly awkward; friendly but acerbic.
  • Flying on the wings of an ubiquitous electric slide guitar, a distinctive if quavering voice, and her acerbically accurate songwriting, the Ottawa songwriter has crafted what sounds suspiciously like a Canadian roots rock classic.
  • Kudos is due to Sarah Millican, whose brilliant eye for observation and viciously acerbic style gives her the chops to win over all but the most committed chauvinists. This week's new comedy
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