acidulous

acidulous
adjective Etymology: Latin acidulus, from acidus Date: 1769 somewhat acid or harsh in taste or manner

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  • Acidulous — A*cid u*lous, a. [L. acidulus, dim. of acidus. See Acid.] Slightly sour; sub acid; sourish; as, an acidulous tincture. E. Burke. [1913 Webster] {Acidulous mineral waters}, such as contain carbonic anhydride. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acidulous — [adj1] bitter, sour acerb, acerbic, acetose, dry, piquant, sharp, tart; concept 613 Ant. sugary, sweet acidulous [adj2] bitter in speech biting, cutting, ironical, mocking, sarcastic; concept 267 Ant. kind, nice, sweet …   New thesaurus

  • acidulous — index bitter (acrid tasting) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acidulous — (adj.) 1769, sub acidic, used figuratively for sour tempered; from L. acidulus slightly sour, a dim. of acidus (see ACID (Cf. acid) (adj.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • acidulous — acid, tart, *sour, dry Analogous words: *sharp: *pungent, piquant: biting, cutting (see INCISIVE) Antonyms: saccharine Contrasted words: mellow, ripe (see MATURE): bland, mild, *soft: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acidulous — [ə sij′o͞oləntə sij′o͞oləs] adj. [L acidulus, dim. of acidus: see ACID] 1. somewhat acid or sour 2. somewhat sarcastic: Also acidulent [ə sij′o͞olənt] SYN. SOUR …   English World dictionary

  • acidulous — /euh sij euh leuhs/, adj. 1. slightly sour. 2. sharp; caustic: his acidulous criticism of the book. 3. moderately acid or tart; subacid. Also, acidulent. [1760 70; < L acidulus. See ACID, ULOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • acidulous — adjective Slightly sour; sub acid; sourish; as an acidulous tincture Edmund Burke …   Wiktionary

  • acidulous —  , assiduous.  Acidulous means tart or acidic.  Assiduous means diligent. acknowledgment …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • acidulous — a•cid•u•lous [[t]əˈsɪdʒ ə ləs[/t]] also a•cid•u•lent [[t] lənt[/t]] adj. 1) slightly sour 2) sharp; caustic: acidulous criticism[/ex] 3) moderately acid or tart; subacid • Etymology: 1760–70; < L acidulus. See acid, ulous …   From formal English to slang

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