• WordNet 3.6
    • v acerbate make sour or bitter
    • v acerbate cause to be bitter or resentful "These injustices embittered her even more"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Acerbate To sour; to imbitter; to irritate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acerbate To make sour, bitter, or harsh to the taste; hence, to embitter or exasperate.
    • acerbate Embittered; exasperated; severe.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acerbatus, p. p. of acerbare, fr. acerbus,


In literature:

What had passed between her and Mr. Arabin had not, alas, tended to lessen the acerbity of her spirit.
"Barchester Towers" by Anthony Trollope
He must be forgiven if he seemed to speak with unusual acerbity.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
He remembered the incident all his life, and pilloried the want of tact with acerbity in his reminiscences.
"The Life of John Ruskin" by W. G. Collingwood
In it Wagner determined to satirize the musical pedants, and he did so with considerable acerbity.
"Wagner" by John F. Runciman
Extreme acerbity was bred in him, and his mind, vindictive by nature, cherished from that hour a hearty detestation of John Grimbal.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
An awkward silence had developed on top of the brief political acerbities.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
They spoke with acerbity of Mr. Ramsay Macdonald and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Snowden.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
Lady Laura had triumphed; but she had no desire to acerbate her husband by any unpalatable allusion to her victory.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Then he asked her with considerable acerbity why she had not exercised her authority and brought the princess back with her.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
A German, naturally gruff, only needs a small position to increase his acerbity.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry

In poetry:

Its grasses by the top;
The rains thereon that drop
With drip acerb
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson

In news:

Acerbic Art Critic Who Wrote 'The Fatal Shore'.
Wryly acerbic Chris Rock plays the most exalted role imaginable—a Village Voice writer—in 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy's likable culture-clash follow-up to her romantic comedy 2 Days in Paris.
Comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host next year's Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, bringing perhaps a gentler touch to a ceremony helmed for the past three years by acerbic Briton Rick Gervais.
Mike Nichols's "Closer," based on the acerbic 1997 play by Patrick Marber, brings the battle of the sexes into the brave new world of cybersex.
Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series "M*A*S*H," died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles.
Our guide, an acerbic Belizean named Albert, walked us up a hill, around a bend in the path and toward the weathered stone ziggurat and weedy surrounding structures that rose out of the jungle like a real estate development gone bad.
WASHINGTON – During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the US Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say.
Channel surfers may recognize Patton Oswalt as one of the acerbic pundits on VH1's Best Week Ever or as sniveling fanboy Spence in one of those fat-guy/hot-wife sitcoms that's on before some CSI spinoff.
Con Vivo will present Igor Stravinsky 's jazzy, acerbic masterpiece, "The Soldier's Tale (L'Histoire du Soldat)," Sunday at 5 pm, at St Paul Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City.
The agency has filed another tax lien against the acerbic model.
Beano Cook, a college football commentator known for his encyclopedic knowledge about the sport and acerbic quips, died today at the age of 81.
The operating philosophy of the Scottish slum dwellers who growl, spit, curse and brawl through Paul McGuigan's nastily amusing film, "The Acid House," could be boiled down to a single acerbic slogan: it's kind to be cruel.
Whether or not you ever caught the critically under-appreciated FX gem 'Rescue Me,' or you delight in Denis Leary 's acerbic wit in this year's 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' the comedian certainly has a distinctive voice.
While Russia continued its painfully slow counting of votes from Sunday's election, its biggest vote-getter, the acerbic nationalist Vladimir V Zhirinovsky, offered today to play a responsible part in any new government.
Yes, the mashup craze came and went, but sometimes it's worth revisiting -- like when a bedroom producer tempers the oft-acerbic rants of Lady Gaga with some badass rock'n'roll.