Simple Definition of acrid
: bitter and unpleasant in taste or smell
Examples of acrid in a sentence
Thick, acrid smoke rose from the factory.
<there have been acrid relations between the two families ever since they fought over that strip of land>
Did You Know?
Acrid exactly fits the smoke from a fire—a burning building or forest, for example. Dense smog may cast an acrid pall over a city, making throats burn and eyes sting. But, like acid and acerbic, acrid sometimes also describes nonphysical things, such as the remarks of a bitter person.
Origin and Etymology of acrid
modification of Latin acr-, acer sharp — more at edge
First Known Use: 1712
Synonym Discussion of acrid
ACRID Defined for Kids
Definition of acrid for Students
1 : sharp or bitter in taste or odor
2 : very harsh or unpleasant <an acrid manner>
Medical Definition of acrid
: irritatingly sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor
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