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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AC'RID, a. [L. accr.]
Sharp; pungent; bitter; sharp or biting to the taste; acrimonious; as acrid salts.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"; "the acrid smell of burning rubber" [syn: pungent, acrid]
2: harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique" [syn: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: modification of Latin acr-, acer sharp more at edge Date: 1712 1. sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor ; irritating 2. deeply or violently bitter ; acrimonious <an acrid denunciation> Synonyms: see caustic acridity noun acridly adverb acridness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (acrider, acridest) 1 bitterly pungent; irritating; corrosive. 2 bitter in temper or manner. Derivatives: acridity n. acridly adv. Etymology: irreg. f. L acer acris keen + -ID(1), prob. after acid

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Acrid Ac"rid, a. [L. acer sharp; prob. assimilated in form to acid. See Eager.] 1. Sharp and harsh, or bitter and not, to the taste; pungent; as, acrid salts. 2. Causing heat and irritation; corrosive; as, acrid secretions. 3. Caustic; bitter; bitterly irritating; as, acrid temper, mind, writing. Acrid poison, a poison which irritates, corrodes, or burns the parts to which it is applied.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

An acrid smell or taste is strong and sharp, and usually unpleasant. The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco... = bitter ADJ: usu ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Sharp, biting, pungent, hot, burning, poignant, caustic, corrosive, bitter. 2. Severe, harsh. See acrimonious.

Moby Thesaurus

acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrimonious, acute, amaroidal, antagonistic, antipathetic, asperous, astringent, austere, belligerent, biting, bitter, bitter as gall, caustic, clashing, cloying, coarse, colliding, conflicting, corroding, corrosive, cutting, despiteful, double-edged, edged, escharotic, featheredged, fierce, fine, full of hate, hard, harsh, hateful, hostile, incisive, irritating, keen, keen-edged, knifelike, malevolent, malicious, malignant, mordacious, mordant, nose-tickling, oversweet, penetrating, piercing, piquant, poignant, pungent, quarrelsome, rancorous, razor-edged, repugnant, rigorous, rough, saccharine, scathing, scorching, set, set against, severe, sharp, sore, sour, spiteful, stabbing, stinging, strident, stringent, tart, trenchant, two-edged, vehement, venomous, violent, virulent, vitriolic, withering



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