acerbity

  • 1Acerbity — A*cerb i*ty, n. [F. acerbit[ e], L. acerbitas, fr. acerbus. See {Acerb}.] 1. Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit. [1913 Webster] 2. Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temper, of language …

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  • 2acerbity — [n1] bitterness of taste acidity, asperity, astringency, mordancy, sourness, tartness; concepts 462,613 Ant. mellowness, mildness, sweetness acerbity [n2] harsh speech, behavior acrimoniousness, causticity, ill temper, irritability, rancor,… …

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  • 3acerbity — index ill will, rancor, severity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4acerbity — (n.) 1570s, from M.Fr. acerbité, from L. acerbitatem (nom. acerbitas) harshness, sharpness, bitterness, from acerbus bitter, sharp, tart (related to acer sharp; Cf. L. superbus haughty, from super above ), from PIE *ak sharp (see …

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  • 5acerbity — *acrimony, asperity Analogous words: sourness, acidity, tartness (see corresponding adjectives at SOUR): crabbedness, surliness, dourness, saturninity (see corresponding adjectives at SULLEN): bitterness, acridity (see corresponding adjectives at …

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  • 6acerbity — [ə sʉr′bə tē] n. pl. acerbities [Fr acerbité < L acerbitas < acerbus, bitter < IE base * ak̑ : see ACID] 1. a sour, astringent quality 2. sharpness, bitterness, or harshness of temper, words, etc …

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  • 7acerbity — noun /əˈsɜːbɪti,əˈsɝbɪdi/ a) Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit. b) Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temper, of language, of pain …

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  • 8acerbity — [[t]əsɜ͟ː(r)bɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Acerbity is a kind of bitter, critical humour. [FORMAL] …

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  • 9acerbity — acerbic ► ADJECTIVE 1) sharp and forthright. 2) archaic or technical tasting sour or bitter. DERIVATIVES acerbically adverb acerbity noun. ORIGIN from Latin acerbus sour tasting …

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  • 10acerbity — noun (plural ties) Date: 1572 the quality of being acerbic …

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  • 11acerbity — /euh serr bi tee/, n. 1. sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste. 2. harshness or severity, as of temper or expression. [1565 75; < L acerbitas. See ACERBIC, ITY] * * * …

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  • 12acerbity — Synonyms and related words: acescency, acid, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acridness, acrimony, animosity, asperity, astringence, astringency, bile, bite, bitingness, bitter pill, bitter resentment, bitterness, bitterness of spirit …

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  • 13acerbity — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Sourness] Syn. astringency, tartness, acidity; see bitterness 1 . 2. [Harshness] Syn. irritability, asperity, mordancy; see roughness 2 , rudeness , sarcasm . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. 1. sourness bitterness,&#8230; …

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  • 14acerbity — a·cer·bi·ty || É™ sɜːbÉ™tɪ n. sourness, astringency; harshness, bitterness (of temper) …

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  • 15acerbity — n. 1. Sourness, astringency, roughness, acidity, acidness, tartness, acridity, acridness, bitterness. 2. Acrimony, acrimoniousness, severity, harshness, sternness, asperity, bitterness, venom, rancor, crabbedness, churlishness, moroseness,&#8230; …

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  • 16acerbity — n 1.(all of taste) sourness, bitterness, tartness, acidity, acidness, acridity, acridness, acidu lousness; pungency, sharpness, unsavoriness, roughness, harshness. 2.(all of expression or temperament) acrimony, causticity, virulence, mordancy,&#8230; …

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  • 17acerbity — acer·bi·ty …

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  • 18acerbity — See: acerbic …

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  • 19acerbity — /əˈsɜbəti / (say uh serbuhtee) noun (plural acerbities) 1. sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste. 2. harshness or severity, as of temper or expression. {French acerbité, from Latin acerbitas} …

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  • 20acerbity —   n. bitterness, especially of feeling …

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