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



BrE BrE//əˈsɜːbɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɜːrbɪk//
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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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: acerbic