acid·​u·​lous | \ ə-ˈsi-jə-ləs How to pronounce acidulous (audio) \

Definition of acidulous

: somewhat acid or harsh in taste or manner

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Examples of acidulous in a Sentence

a slightly acidulous drink that is far more refreshing than the overly sweet iced tea that is also available a gently acidulous writing style that never becomes annoying
Recent Examples on the Web His tangy, off-kilter visual compositions, rendered in an acidulous, sun-washed Kodachrome palette, convey a sense of spontaneous wonder and enthusiasm and lend daily conversations and activities a distinctive cinematic identity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 June 2022 Here, Mankiewicz, working for the first time in color—in a palette on the edge of the alluring and the acidulous—relies on a determinedly moving camera to convey the passage of time and evoke the drama’s elegiac mode. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 30 July 2021 Sharp observations like these show us glimpses of the acidulous social satirist of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Sourced from Provence, the purple plant is balanced out by acidulous Italian bergamot and spicy-sweet tonka bean. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of acidulous

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acidulous

borrowed from Latin acidulus "slightly sour," from acidus "sour" + -ulus, attenuating suffix — more at acid entry 2

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15 Jul 2022

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“Acidulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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acid·​u·​lous | \ ə-ˈsij-ə-ləs How to pronounce acidulous (audio) \

Medical Definition of acidulous

: somewhat acid to the taste


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