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acerbic

a·cer·bic

acerbic

 
 
pronunciation:
suhr bihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: sharp, sour, or harsh in manner, tone, or the like.
Some people find her acerbic wit very appealing while others find it grating.
antonyms:
kind, mild
similar words:
acid, acrid, incisive, mordant, pungent, tart, vitriolic
definition 2: sour or bitter in taste.
The taste of lemons is acerbic.
similar words:
acid, acrid, bitter, tart
Word Parts
The word acerbic contains the following parts:
ac, acr, acer Latin root that means sharp, bitter, sour
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.