Adjective "Acerbic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright.
  1. 'For more than 50 years he has brought to the Bar his consummate advocacy skills combined with an acerbic wit and a sharp legal mind…'
  2. 'Thinly veiled insults and acerbic comments are the tools of his or her trade.'
  3. 'Back in January, when it began to snow, I made some acerbic comment that all the 4x4 drivers will be coming into their own.'
  4. 'Written with erudition and firm, if sometimes quirky, opinion, the book is interlarded with humor and acerbic comment.'
  5. 'He has a lazy, matey sort of north London accent, longingly smokes each cigarette, as if it is his last, and has an acerbic wit, usually directed against himself.'
  6. 'The old man never once turned around to look at the speaker, but his reply was undeniably acerbic in nature.'
  7. 'You should have a sassy woman who knows her food but also has acerbic comments to make about corporate America and the food industry.'
  8. 'Marrying thought provoking lyrics with great melodies and his trademark acoustic guitar playing, his music is underlined with an acerbic and sometimes sarcastic wit.'
  9. 'His prose is peppered with acerbic wit and keen insight.'
  10. 'I nearly offered my usual acerbic response of ‘And your point is, exactly?’'
Tasting sour or bitter.


    1. sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic.

    2. harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "comments can be acerbic."

    "people/places/organizations can be acerbic."

    "youngs can be acerbic."

    "wits can be acerbic."

    "people can be acerbic."

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    Mid 19th century: from Latin acerbus ‘sour-tasting’ + -ic.