acerb acerb

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) sour or bitter in taste
  2. (adj) harsh or corrosive in tone

Usage(s):

  1. Put together Donaldson's blunt demeanor and Will's ideological questions on This Week with David Brinkley, and Brinkley, who once seemed acerb, comes out courtly by contrast.
  2. The dialogue is breezy, the tone acerb and the climax as predictably uplifting as Rocky's.
  3. Some years ago, during a brief lull in Frost's career, acerb Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge predicted that Frost would sink without a trace.
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