acid test


Definition of acid test

: a severe or crucial test

Examples of acid test in a Sentence

The new team faced its first acid test when it played the national champions.
Recent Examples on the Web Belonging is the acid test of a culture’s authenticity. Eric Mosley, Forbes, "Empathy And Belonging: The Gateways To A Human Workplace," 5 Apr. 2021 The acid test is whether India will use green approaches in 2050. Steven Levy, Wired, "Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics," 18 Mar. 2021 But ultimately, that nexus of content and style is the most important acid test of any translation, and many of Ruden’s choices will strike readers as decidedly odd. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘In the Gospels, no one is essential but Jesus’: new translation adds fresh scholarship," 17 Mar. 2021 Their return, however, presents an interesting acid test for relations between the Biden administration and the press. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Can the White House Press Briefing Be Saved?," 22 Jan. 2021 As the first tentpole to hit multiplexes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Tenet has been viewed an acid test for moviegoers' readiness to venture back into theaters. Tyler Aquilina,, "Why Tenet can't save the box office, and what that means for Hollywood," 16 Sep. 2020 Rothberg was committed to the development of a molecular nucleic-acid test as accurate as PCR, as fast and simple as a home pregnancy test, and as inexpensive as an antibody or antigen option. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Rothberg’s Race to Invent the Ultimate Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test," 29 Aug. 2020 That is the real acid test for whether this government can achieve results. John Follain,, "Coronavirus Could Send Italy Into Recession, Official Warns," 5 May 2020 Each of these seemed to satisfy the requirements of both quantum mechanics and special relativity — two of nature’s acid tests. George Johnson,, "Freeman Dyson, physicist who wrestled with moral questions, dies," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of acid test

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acid test

so called from the use of nitric acid to determine the gold content of jewelry

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The first known use of acid test was in 1854

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17 Apr 2021

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“Acid test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acid test

: a difficult situation or task that shows if someone or something is good enough to succeed

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