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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-rid]
    • /ˈæk rɪd/
    • /æ.ˈkrɪ.dɪ.tɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-rid]
    • /ˈæk rɪd/

Definitions of acridity word

  • adjective acridity sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning rubber. 1
  • adjective acridity extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic: acrid remarks. 1
  • noun acridity Bitterness or acerbity. 1
  • noun acridity An acrid taste or smell. 0

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Origin of acridity

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 Acridity


acridity 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.
According to our data about 74% 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.

acridity usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acridity

noun acridity

  • acidity — the quality or state of being acid
  • incisiveness — penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant: an incisive tone of voice.
  • acrimony — Acrimony is bitter and angry words or quarrels.
  • mordacity — biting or given to biting.
  • sharpness — having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife.

Antonyms for acridity

noun acridity

  • kindness — the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.
  • oversweet — having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.

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