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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sur-bik]
    • /əˈsɜr bɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sur-bik]
    • /əˈsɜr bɪk/

Definitions of acerbically word

  • adverb acerbically in an acerbic manner 3
  • adjective acerbically sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic. 1
  • adjective acerbically harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism. 1
  • noun acerbically Sourly; bitterly. 1
  • adverb acerbically In a sarcastic or cynical manner. 0

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Origin of acerbically

First appearance:

before 1860
One of the 29% newest English words
1860-65; < Latin acerb(us) sour, unripe, bitterly harsh + -ic, irregular for -ous

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Parts of speech for Acerbically


acerbically popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 69% 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 acerbically

adv acerbically

  • acrimoniously — caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.: an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute.
  • bitingly — nipping; smarting; keen: biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
  • caustically — capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue.
  • maliciously — full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
  • sneeringly — to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt: They sneered at his pretensions.

adverb acerbically

  • harshly — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • astringent — An astringent is a liquid that you put on your skin to make it less oily or to make cuts stop bleeding.
  • mordantly — sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.
  • sarcastically — of, relating to, or characterized by sarcasm: a sarcastic reply.
  • acidly — Chemistry. a compound usually having a sour taste and capable of neutralizing alkalis and reddening blue litmus paper, containing hydrogen that can be replaced by a metal or an electropositive group to form a salt, or containing an atom that can accept a pair of electrons from a base. Acids are proton donors that yield hydronium ions in water solution, or electron-pair acceptors that combine with electron-pair donors or bases.

Antonyms for acerbically

adverb acerbically

  • gently — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.

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