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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-rid]
    • /ˈæk rɪd/
    • /ˈæk.rɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-rid]
    • /ˈæk rɪd/

Definitions of acrid word

  • adjective acrid An acrid smell or taste is strong and sharp, and usually unpleasant. 3
  • adjective acrid unpleasantly pungent or sharp to the smell or taste 3
  • adjective acrid sharp or caustic, esp in speech or nature 3
  • adjective acrid sharp, bitter, stinging, or irritating to the taste or smell 3
  • adjective acrid bitter or sarcastic in speech, etc. 3
  • adjective acrid sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning rubber. 1

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Origin of acrid

First appearance:

before 1705
One of the 50% oldest English words
1705-15; < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -id4, perhaps through influence of acid

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Parts of speech for Acrid


acrid popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for acrid

adj acrid

  • pungent — sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.
  • acid — An acid is a chemical substance, usually a liquid, which contains hydrogen and can react with other substances to form salts. Some acids burn or dissolve other substances that they come into contact with.
  • astringent — An astringent is a liquid that you put on your skin to make it less oily or to make cuts stop bleeding.
  • biting — Biting wind or cold is extremely cold.
  • burning — You use burning to describe something that is extremely hot.

adjective acrid

  • unpleasant — not pleasant; displeasing; disagreeable; offensive: an unpleasant taste; an unpleasant situation; an unpleasant manner.
  • choking — causing breathing difficulties; suffocating
  • sour — having an acid taste, resembling that of vinegar, lemon juice, etc.; tart.
  • tart — sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie. Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant. Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.
  • acerbic — sour in taste

Antonyms for acrid

adj acrid

  • delicious — very enjoyable; delightful
  • savory — pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • sweet — having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.
  • complimentary — If you are complimentary about something, you express admiration for it.

adjective acrid

  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • savoury — pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.

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