adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

: bitter and unpleasant in taste or smell

Full Definition of ACRID

:  sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor :  irritating
:  deeply or violently bitter :  acrimonious <an acrid denunciation>
acrid·i·ty \a-ˈkri-də-tē, ə-\ noun
ac·rid·ly \ˈa-krəd-lē\ adverb
ac·rid·ness noun

Examples of ACRID

  1. Thick, acrid smoke rose from the factory.
  2. <there have been acrid relations between the two families ever since they fought over that strip of land>

Origin of ACRID

modification of Latin acr-, acer sharp — more at edge
First Known Use: 1712

Synonym Discussion of ACRID

caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing mean stingingly incisive. caustic suggests a biting wit <caustic comments>. mordant suggests a wit that is used with deadly effectiveness <mordant reviews of the play>. acrid implies bitterness and often malevolence <acrid invective>. scathing implies indignant attacks delivered with fierce severity <a scathing satire>.
ACRID Defined for Kids


adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Definition of ACRID for Kids

:  sharp or bitter in taste or odor
:  very harsh or unpleasant <an acrid manner>
Medical Dictionary


adjective ac·rid \ˈak-rəd\

Medical Definition of ACRID

:  irritatingly sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor
ac·rid·ly adverb


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