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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb as-er-beyt; adjective uh-sur-bit]
    • /verb ˈæs ərˌbeɪt; adjective əˈsɜr bɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb as-er-beyt; adjective uh-sur-bit]
    • /verb ˈæs ərˌbeɪt; adjective əˈsɜr bɪt/

Definitions of acerbate word

  • verb acerbate to embitter or exasperate 3
  • verb acerbate to make sour or bitter 3
  • verb transitive acerbate to irritate; vex 3
  • verb with object acerbate to make sour or bitter. 1
  • verb with object acerbate to exasperate. 1
  • adjective acerbate embittered. 1

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Origin of acerbate

First appearance:

before 1725
One of the 49% newest English words
1725-35; < Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre to make bitter. See acerbic, -ate1

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Parts of speech for Acerbate


acerbate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for acerbate

verb acerbate

  • annoy — If someone or something annoys you, it makes you fairly angry and impatient.
  • aggravate — If someone or something aggravates a situation, they make it worse.
  • disturb — to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle.
  • provoke — to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
  • perturb — to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind; agitate.

noun acerbate

  • curdle — If milk or eggs curdle or if you curdle them, they separate into different bits.
  • acidulate — to make slightly acid or sour
  • clabber — curdled milk
  • curd — The thick white substance which is formed when milk turns sour can be referred to as curds.
  • acidify — to convert into or become acid

Antonyms for acerbate

verb acerbate

  • soothe — to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink.
  • appease — If you try to appease someone, you try to stop them from being angry by giving them what they want.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • please — (used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly: Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off?

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