ETYM Latin acerbus, from acer sharp: cf. French acerbe. Related to Acrid.
1. Harsh or corrosive in tone; SYN. acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, venomous, virulent, vitriolic.
2. Sour or bitter in taste; SYN. acerbic, astringent, sharp.
ETYM AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel. bitr, Dan., Swed., Dutch, and German bitter, OS. bittar, from root of Eng. bite. Related to Bite.
1. Expressive of severe grief or regret.
2. One of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine.
3. Proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity.
4. Very difficult to accept or bear.
1. Suitable for cutting or severing.
2. As physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; SYN. keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing.
3. (Of speech) Harsh or hurtful in tone or character; SYN. edged, stinging.
ETYM French, p. pr. of poindre to sting, from Latin pungere to prick, sting. Related to Pungent.
Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings.