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1 having or showing deep-seated resentment
  • there have been acrid relations between the two families ever since they fought over that strip of land

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2 marked by the use of wit that is intended to cause hurt feelings
  • Phillipa's acrid comments about the new employee's clothes were met by laughter from everyone at the lunch table

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How does the adjective acrid contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of acrid are caustic, mordant, and scathing. While all these words mean "stingingly incisive," acrid implies bitterness and often malevolence.

acrid invective

When would caustic be a good substitute for acrid?

While in some cases nearly identical to acrid, caustic suggests a biting wit.

caustic comments

When can mordant be used instead of acrid?

The words mordant and acrid are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mordant suggests a wit that is used with deadly effectiveness.

mordant reviews of the play

In what contexts can scathing take the place of acrid?

In some situations, the words scathing and acrid are roughly equivalent. However, scathing implies indignant attacks delivered with fierce severity.

a scathing satire

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The first known use of acrid was in 1633

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“Acrid.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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