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  • 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.

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