from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An acrid quality; bitter pungency; biting heat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Acridity; pungency joined with heat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
acridity; pungencycombined with heat.
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In view of the frankness and the acritude with which he assailed the grand-ducal government and the Austrians, it is surprising that he escaped the dungeon to which so many other Italian patriots of the time were condemned.
Who would not give back the luscious pear and peach to their native acritude, rather than subject the highest forms of vegetable life to such irreverence?
-- she found that the sum yielded only half what once it would, still, by drinking her own tea in its acritude, they would do admirably; for tea even little Jane required as her tonic, and without it felt like nothing but a mollusk.