Adjective "acrid" definition and examples

(Acrid may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Unpleasantly bitter or pungent.
  1. 'an acrid smell'
  2. 'Smith, who lives above the damaged flat, said the hallway had been filled with smoke and an acrid smell of burning.'
  3. 'Uses The roots of wild plants are generally unpleasantly acrid in flavour on account of the presence of crystals of calcium oxalate, which are clustered particularly thickly under the skin.'
  4. 'It's unseasonably warm and sunny, as if God is trying to give New Yorkers a break and the sickly sweet smell of decaying flowers mixes with the acrid smoke.'
  5. 'Strong winds from 433 miles away had carried the smoke and acrid smell of forest fires all the way here.'
  6. 'The burning heavy plastic caused acrid smoke which left a thick layer of soot on over everything in the room and means an awful lot of cleaning up.'
  7. 'The acrid smell of smoke filled my nostrils until it choked my very breath from my throat.'
  8. 'The television screen cracked and blew out, smoke and the acrid smell of burning rubber spilling from it.'
  9. 'Here, in a different hemisphere, the acrid smell of firework smoke makes me think of cold nights, short days, cuddling up inside next to the heater.'
  10. 'Huge bright red and white flashes were seen in the distance and the air quickly filled with smoke and the acrid smell of cordite and sulphur.'
  11. 'This could lead not merely to low alcohol content but to acrid and pungent tastes and aromas as well.'

More definitions

1. sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning rubber.

2. extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic: acrid remarks.

More examples(as adjective)

"perfumes can be acrid in nostrilses."

"smokes can be acrid."

"smells can be acrid."

"fumes can be acrid."

"stenchs can be acrid."

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Early 18th century: formed irregularly from Latin acer, acri- ‘sharp, pungent’ + -id, probably influenced by acid.