• WordNet 3.6
    • adj acerbic harsh or corrosive in tone "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose","a barrage of acid comments","her acrid remarks make her many enemies","bitter words","blistering criticism","caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics","a sulfurous denunciation","a vitriolic critique"
    • adj acerbic sour or bitter in taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Acerbic Sour or severe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acerbic Of a harsh character.
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In literature:

Carlton Fitzpatrick is a fount of computer-crime war-stories, related in an acerbic drawl.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
EPIGRAM, n. A short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently characterize by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
A faint acerbity in her father's voice responded.
"Soul of a Bishop" by H. G. Wells
Surely this, according to Barrere's phrase, is Justice 'under rough forms, sous des formes acerbes.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
With some acerbity I pointed out the futility of his proposition.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
Do you know," Constance added, with fresh acerbity, "that you cut a very poor figure?
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
It is written with some acerbity, for Lady Burton as a Catholic was not more militant than Miss Stisted as a Protestant.
"The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Thomas Wright
It was not crisp, but in the air lay a faint suggestion of acerbity, inspirational rather than chilling.
"Flappers and Philosophers" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Separated from a certain fascination that there was for her in Edward's acerb wit, she saw that he was doing a dastardly thing in cold blood.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
Thereupon followed a soft discussion that was as near being acerb as nails are near velvet paws.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith

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:

Farewell to the acerbic poet of the Vienna police report.
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.
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.
If you crave cherry pie, try Kitchenette 's flaky, pleasingly acerbic year-round standard.
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.
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.