acerbity

noun acer·bi·ty \ -bə-tē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of acerbity

plural acerbities
:the quality of being acerbic

Examples of acerbity in a Sentence

  1. the customer made his displeasure known with more acerbity than was necessary

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Origin and Etymology of acerbity

borrowed from Middle French acerbité, borrowed from Latin acerbitāt-, acerbitās, from acerbus "sour, bitter" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at acerb


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