acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Definition of acrid

  1. 1 :  sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor :  irritating

  2. 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>

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


First Known Use: 1712

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 English Language Learners

acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Definition of acrid for English Language Learners

  • : bitter and unpleasant in taste or smell


ACRID Defined for Kids

acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ˈa-krəd\

Definition of acrid for Students

  1. 1 :  sharp or bitter in taste or odor

  2. 2 :  very harsh or unpleasant <an acrid manner>


Medical Dictionary

acrid

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adjective ac·rid \ˈak-rəd\

Medical Definition of acrid

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

acridly

adverb


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