Word Moment: Acerbic

a·cer·bic

adj.

1. Sour or bitter tasting; acid. See Synonyms at bitter.
2. Sharp or biting, as in character or expression: “At times, the playwright allows an acerbic tone to pierce through otherwise arid or flowery prose” (Alvin Klein).

[From Latin acerbus; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

a·cerbi·cal·ly adv.
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