adjective \ə-ˈsər-bik, a-\

: expressing harsh or sharp criticism in a clever way

Full Definition of ACERBIC

:  acid in temper, mood, or tone <acerbic commentary> <an acerbic reviewer>
acer·bi·cal·ly \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ACERBIC

  1. the film's most acerbic critics
  2. <whispered a steady stream of acerbic comments as the lecturer droned on>
  3. Whitney has graced magazine covers for her acerbic and blunt evisceration of the banks she has covered. Several weeks ago, she left her well-paid post at Oppenheimer to start her own economic consultancy, where she will charge many of her employer's clients for her own unambiguous analysis. —Zachary Karabell, Newsweek, 9 Mar. 2009

Origin of ACERBIC

(see acerb)
First Known Use: 1865


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