acerbity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acerbity a rough and bitter manner
    • n acerbity a sharp sour taste
    • n acerbity a sharp bitterness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acerbity Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temper, of language, of pain.
    • Acerbity Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acerbity Sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste.
    • n acerbity Poignancy or severity.
    • n acerbity Harshness or severity, as of temper or expression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acerbity as-ėr′bi-ti bitterness: sourness: harshness: severity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. acerbité, L. acerbitas, fr. acerbus,. See Acerb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. acerbitat-em—L. acerbus, harsh to the taste—acer, sharp.

Usage

In literature:

There was nothing acerb.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
In debate, Foster was the most formidable, but Albert Lester's acerbity of temper fixed the tone of the discussion.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
After a time Mern suggested with acerbity that Craig was incoherent.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
This is patriotism, concerning which Samuel Johnson, reporter in the House of Commons, once made a remark slightly touched with acerbity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
They are often perturbed and acerbated, and sometimes diverted from their proper course by the winds of adverse comment.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Nothing to complain of in way of acerbity.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 17, 1914" by Various
Further, Pitt's oration on 3rd February 1800 on this topic was marked by extreme acerbity against Bonaparte.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
These two facts had not combined to sweeten the natural acerbity of her temper.
"The Mystery of a Turkish Bath" by E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita)
Much annoyed, I answered with some acerbity, bidding her kindly to be gone.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Mackintosh has written me an oily letter, to which I have answered by a vinegar one; but I want you to keep me up in acerbity.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
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In poetry:

Its grasses by the top;
The rains thereon that drop
Perturb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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