AskDefine | Define acerbity

Dictionary Definition

acerbity

Noun

1 a sharp bitterness
2 a sharp sour taste [syn: tartness]
3 a sharp and bitter manner [syn: bitterness, acrimony, jaundice]

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English

Etymology

French acerbité, from Latin acerbitas, derived from acerbus "bitter". See acerb.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.
  2. Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temper, of language, of pain

Translations

sourness
  • German: Sauerkeit
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