- s sour or bitter in taste
- s harsh or corrosive in tone
an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose
- 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.
- In Linklater's acerb subUrbia, a kind of strip-mall Rent without the singing (or quite so much self-pity), she plays a rock publicist who mingles dangerously with the lowlifes.
- The dialogue is breezy, the tone acerb and the climax as predictably uplifting as Rocky's.