Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell. synonym: bitter.
  • adjective Caustic in language or tone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sharp or biting to the tongue or integuments; bitterly pungent; irritating: as, acrid salts.
  • Figuratively, severe; virulent; violent; stinging: as, “acrid temper,” Cowper, Charity.
  • noun An acrid poison: as, “a powerful acrid,” Pereira, Mat. Med.
  • noun One of a class of morbific substances supposed by the humorists to exist in the humors.

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

  • adjective Sharp and harsh, or bitter and not, to the taste; pungent.
  • adjective Causing heat and irritation; corrosive.
  • adjective Caustic; bitter; bitterly irritating.
  • adjective a poison which irritates, corrodes, or burns the parts to which it is applied.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Sharp and harsh, or bitter and not to the taste; pungent.
  • adjective Causing heat and irritation; corrosive
  • adjective Caustic; bitter; bitterly irritating

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective strong and sharp
  • adjective harsh or corrosive in tone

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin ācer, sharp (probably modeled on acid); see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ācris, from ācer ("sharp"); probably assimilated in form to acid. Cf. eager.

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