acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ ˈa-krəd \

Definition of acrid

1 :sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor :irritating
  • acrid smoke
2 :deeply or violently bitter :acrimonious
  • an acrid denunciation

acridity

play \a-ˈkri-də-tē, ə-\ noun

acridly

play \ˈa-krəd-lē\ adverb

acridness

noun

Examples of acrid in a Sentence

  1. Thick, acrid smoke rose from the factory.

  2. there have been acrid relations between the two families ever since they fought over that strip of land

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Did You Know?

Acrid exactly fits the smoke from a fire—a burning building or forest, for example. Dense smog may cast an acrid pall over a city, making throats burn and eyes sting. But, like acid and acerbic, acrid sometimes also describes nonphysical things, such as the remarks of a bitter person.

Origin and Etymology of acrid

modification of Latin acr-, acer sharp — more at edge

Synonym Discussion of acrid

caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing mean stingingly incisive. caustic suggests a biting wit.
    • caustic comments
mordant suggests a wit that is used with deadly effectiveness.
    • mordant reviews of the play
acrid implies bitterness and often malevolence.
    • acrid invective
scathing implies indignant attacks delivered with fierce severity.
    • a scathing satire

ACRID Defined for Kids

acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ ˈa-krəd \

Definition of acrid for Students

1 :sharp or bitter in taste or odor
2 :very harsh or unpleasant
  • an acrid manner

Medical Dictionary

acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ ˈak-rəd \

medical Definition of acrid

:irritatingly sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor

acridly

adverb


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