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acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Simple Definition of acrid

  • : bitter and unpleasant in taste or smell

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>

acrid·i·typlay \a-ˈkri-də-tē, ə-\ noun
ac·rid·lyplay \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>.

Medical Dictionary

acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ˈak-rəd\

Medical Definition of acrid

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

  2. ac·rid·ly adverb





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