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Definition of acerbic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

acerbic

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//əˈsɜːbɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɜːrbɪk//
 
(formal)
 
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(of a person or what they say) critical in a direct and rather cruel way The letter was written in her usual acerbic style. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin acerbus ‘sour-tasting’ + -ic.
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