Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of a harsh character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Sour or severe.

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  • adjective Sour or bitter.
  • adjective Sarcastic or cynical.
  • adjective Sharp-tempered.

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  • adjective sour or bitter in taste
  • adjective harsh or corrosive in tone

Etymologies

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Circa 17th century, from Latin acerbus ("sour, bitter").

Examples

  • Jane Lynch, known as acerbic cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee," will host the event.

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  • Frances, 69, best known as the acerbic host of The Weakest Link, is the only silent presence in the room.

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  • Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died today.

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  • LOS ANGELES - Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died Saturday.

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  • Cowell, 50, best-known as the acerbic judge on America's top-rated TV singing contest

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  • LOS ANGELES - Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died Saturday.

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  • Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died Saturday.

    The Seattle Times

  • Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's television sitcom

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  • LOS ANGELES - Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died Saturday.

    The Seattle Times

  • Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died today.

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  • acid in temper, mood, or tone

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    October 2, 2007

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  • adjective: harsh in tone

    Most movie critics are acerbic towards summer blockbusters, often referring to them as garbage.

    October 19, 2016