acidity

noun

acid·​i·​ty ə-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce acidity (audio)
a-
plural acidities
1
: the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2
: the state of being excessively acid

Examples of acidity in a Sentence

detected a certain acidity in the way he responded the acidity of their relationship was well known to their mutual acquaintances
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French acidité, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin aciditāt-, aciditās, from Latin acidus "sour, acid entry 2" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acidity was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Acidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidity. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty ə-ˈsid-ət-ē How to pronounce acidity (audio)
a-
plural acidities
1
: the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2
: the state of being extremely acid

Medical Definition

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty ə-ˈsid-ət-ē, a- How to pronounce acidity (audio)
plural acidities
1
: the quality, state, or degree of being sour or chemically acid
the acidity of lemon juice
2
: the quality or state of being excessively or abnormally acid : hyperacidity

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