Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

acrid

play
adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Simple Definition of acrid

  • : bitter and unpleasant in taste or smell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of acrid

  1. 1 :  sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor :  irritating

  2. 2 :  deeply or violently bitter :  acrimonious <an acrid denunciation>

acridity

play \a-ˈkri-də-tē, ə-\ noun

acridly

play \ˈa-krəd-lē\ adverb

acridness

noun

Examples of acrid in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

acrid

play
adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Definition of acrid for Students

  1. 1 :  sharp or bitter in taste or odor

  2. 2 :  very harsh or unpleasant <an acrid manner>




Medical Dictionary

acrid

play
adjective ac·rid \ˈak-rəd\

Medical Definition of acrid

  1. :  irritatingly sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor

acridly

adverb



Learn More about acrid


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up acrid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the lowest point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

formless frightening experimental massive
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ