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.
Acid in temper, mood, or tone.
Harsh or corrosive in tone
ETYM Latin acidus sour, from the root ak to be sharp: cf. French acide. Related to Acute.
(Chemistry) Containing acid.
1. Harsh or corrosive in tone
2. Being sour to the taste
3. Having the characteristics of an acid
ETYM Latin acidulus, dim. of acidus. Related to Acid.
Slightly sour; sub-acid; sourish.
Sharp or bitter-tasting; sharp or sour in taste or manner.
ETYM Latin acer sharp; prob. assimilated in form to acid. Related to Eager.
Strong and sharp.
Harsh or corrosive in tone.
ETYM Latin aculeatus, from aculeus, dim. of acus needle.
Having or resembling a stinger or barb; SYN. aculeated.
Prickly; pointed; stinging; a stinging insect.
Botany, bearing many sharp points; Zoology, having sting; incisive.
ETYM Latin acutus, p. p. of acuere to sharpen, from a root ak to be sharp. Related to Ague, Cute, Edge.
1. Extremely sharp or intense; SYN. intense.
2. (Medicine) Having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course.
3. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
4. Of an angle; less than 90 degrees
5. Of critical importance and consequence
6. In medicine, term used to describe a disease of sudden and severe onset which resolves quickly; for example, pneumonia and meningitis. In contrast, a chronic condition develops and remains over a long period.
1. Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; SYN. stern.
2. Severely simple; SYN. severe, stark.
3. Strict in moral outlook; extremely simple; without ornamentation; severe; sharp.
Causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; SYN. bitter.
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.
ETYM Old Eng. brim, brimme, AS. brymme edge, border; akin to Icel. barmr, Swed. bräm, Dan. braemme, German brame, bräme. Possibly the same word as AS. brim surge, sea.
1. A rim that sticks outward from the crown.
2. The top edge of a vessel; SYN. rim, lip.
ETYM French brusque, from Italian brusco brusque, tart, sour, perh. from Latin (vitis) labrusca wild (vine); or cf. Old High Germ. bruttisc grim, from brutti terror.
Marked by rude or peremptory shortness; SYN. brusk, curt, short.
Blunt in speech or conduct.
ETYM Latin caustucs, Greek, from kaiein to burn. Related to Calm, Ink.
Of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action; SYN. corrosive, erosive, vitriolic.
1. A part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting; SYN. slip.
2. A piece cut off from the main part of something.
3. The act of diluting something; SYN. thinning.
1. Done with delicacy and skill; SYN. skillful.
2. Pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance; SYN. pleasant, agreeable, charming, affable, amenable.
3. Possessing, marked by, or demanding great or excessive precision and delicacy.
ETYM Cf. French pénétratif.
Tending to penetrate.
1. Of or pertaining to pepper; having the qualities of pepper; hot; pungent.
2. (Figurative) Hot-tempered; passionate.
ETYM Latin peremptorius destructive, deadly, decisive, final: cf. French péremptorie. Related to Perempt.
Putting an end to all debate or action.
Commanding; allowing no denial, refusal, or delay; arrogant.
1. High-pitched and sharp; SYN. shrill, sharp.
2. Loud and sharp
ETYM French, p. pr. of poindre to sting, from Latin pungere to prick, sting. Related to Pungent.
Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings.
ETYM Latin pungens, -entis, p. pr. of pungere, punctum, to prick. Related to Compunction, Expunge, Poignant, Point, Puncheon, Punctilio, Punt.
Sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell.
Having sharp, bitter flavor or acid smell; incisive, caustic (of wit etc.).
Botany, ending in a sharp point.
1. Having or caused by an irregular surface; SYN. unsmooth.
2. Not perfected.
3. (Of persons or behavior) Lacking refinement or finesse; physically aggressive.
4. (Botany) Of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped.
1. Impertinent; impolite; oarse or vulgar in manner.
2. Lacking refinement or delicacy: ignorant, unlearned; inelegant, uncouth; offensive in manner or action; discourteous; uncivilized, savage; coarse, vulgar.
3. Marked by or suggestive of lack of training or skill; inexperienced.
4. Robust, sturdy.
5. Occurring abruptly and disconcertingly.
1. Intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; SYN. terrible, wicked.
2. Unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; SYN. spartan, strict.
3. Very bad in degree or extent
1. Having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing
2. Keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point
3. Quick and forceful
4. Very sudden and in great amount or degree
5. Harsh; SYN. sharp-worded, tart.
6. (Music) Raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
1. Artful; wily; cunning; arch.
2. Able or clever in practical affairs; sharp in business; astute; sharp-witted; sagacious; keen
Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound.
As if striking with slashing blows
1. Of or associated with people of fashion
2. Showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness.
3. A synonym for intelligent. See intelligence.
1. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice
2. Tense; not relaxed
3. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.
4. Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; restricted
ETYM Old Fren. trenchant, French tranchant, p. pr. Related to Trench.
1. Fit to cut; gutting; sharp.
2. (Figurative) Keen; biting; severe.
Incisive; terse; vigorous.
caustic or hostile
ETYM Old Eng. wicked, from wicke wicked; probably originally the same word as wicche wizard, witch. Related to Witch.
Morally bad in principle or practice.