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acrid

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of acrid

  1. 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 Synonyms of acrid bitter, acrimonious, embittered, hard, rancorous, resentful, soreWords Related to acrid disaffected, discontented, disgruntled, malcontent; contemptuous, cynical, disdainful, misanthropic, scornful; angry, cruel, harsh, irritated, mad, rough, savage, vehement, vicious, virulent, vitriolic; acid, caustic, cutting, mordant, sarcastic, trenchant; knock-down, drag-out (or knock-down-and-drag-out)Near Antonyms of acrid caring, forgiving, gentle, kind, kindhearted, loving, sweet, sympathetic, tender, warm, warmheartedAntonyms of acrid unbitter

  2. 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 Synonyms of acrid acerb, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulous, sarcastic, barbed, biting, caustic, corrosive, cutting, mordant, pungent, sardonic, satiric (or satirical), scalding, scathing, sharp, smart-aleck, smart-alecky, smart-mouthed, snarky, tartWords Related to acrid brisk, cross, sharp-tongued, sour, sourish, spiky (also spikey), tartish; incisive, keen, poignant, trenchant; cynical, dry, ironic (also ironical), wry; facetious, flippant, tongue-in-cheek; acrimonious, bitter, resentful, vitriolic; harsh, rough, severe, stringent; abrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), concise, crisp, curt, gruff, pithy, snippety, snippy, succinct, terse; backhanded, insincereNear Antonyms of acrid amusing, droll, merry, playful, sportive, waggish; gentle, mild; bland; good-humored, good-natured; diplomatic, polite, smooth, suave, urbane; affable, cordial, genial, gracious, hospitable, sociable

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

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