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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-sur-bi-tee]
    • /əˈsɜr bɪ ti/
    • /əˈsɜː.bɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sur-bi-tee]
    • /əˈsɜr bɪ ti/

Definitions of acerbity word

  • uncountable noun acerbity Acerbity is a kind of bitter, critical humour. 3
  • noun acerbity vitriolic or embittered speech, temper, etc 3
  • noun acerbity sourness or bitterness of taste 3
  • noun acerbity a sour, astringent quality 3
  • noun acerbity sharpness, bitterness, or harshness of temper, words, etc. 3
  • noun acerbity sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste. 1

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Origin of acerbity

First appearance:

before 1565
One of the 32% oldest English words
From the Latin word acerbitās, dating back to 1565-75. See acerbic, -ity

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Parts of speech for Acerbity


acerbity popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 58% 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.

acerbity usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acerbity

noun acerbity

  • tartness — sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie. Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant. Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.
  • asperity — If you say something with asperity, you say it impatiently and severely.
  • acidity — the quality or state of being acid
  • mordancy — the quality of being mordant; sharpness.
  • astringent — An astringent is a liquid that you put on your skin to make it less oily or to make cuts stop bleeding.

Antonyms for acerbity

noun acerbity

  • mildness — amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
  • mellowness — soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
  • oversweet — having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.
  • kindness — the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.

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