acerbity :

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  • n  a sharp bitterness
  • n  a sharp sour taste
  • n  a rough and bitter manner

  • As he spits out retorts with majestic acerbity, you think for a minute that he's right and the Agency is wrong that he knows too much or has dug too deep.
  • For all his acerbity, Dole has a first-rate sense of humor, even about himself.
  • After bruising some Harvard egos with his acerbity, he has launched a $2 million student-aid plan that might help soften his image.

  • Peter Hitchens in Independent
    Peter Hitchens, of the Mail on Sunday, says: "I remember howls of rage, walk-outs and factional baying at Labour conferences, along with genuinely contested elections for office, and even some acerbity over the European Union at Tory ones," he...

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