ac·​er·​bate ˈa-sər-ˌbāt How to pronounce acerbate (audio)
acerbated; acerbating

Examples of acerbate in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre "to make bitter or disagreeable, worsen, aggravate," verbal derivative of acerbus "sour, bitter, grievous" — more at acerb

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acerbate was in 1657

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“Acerbate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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