Definition of acrid
- an acrid denunciation
Thick, acrid smoke rose from the factory.
there have been acrid relations between the two families ever since they fought over that strip of land
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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.
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