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]
adjectiveEtymology: modification of Latin acr-, acer sharp — more at edgeDate: 1712 1. sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor ; irritating 2. deeply or violently bitter ;acrimonious<an acrid denunciation> Synonyms:seecaustic • acriditynoun • acridlyadverb • acridnessnoun
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.