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 acrid smoke

  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: 1633

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. 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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