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  • s  strong and sharp
    the acrid smell of burning rubber
  • s  harsh or corrosive in tone
    her acrid remarks make her many enemies

  • The acrid smell of burning paint set off panic in the building.
  • During the New Year weekend, in restaurants, at parties and on streets, the air is filled with acrid cigar smoke by people with money to burn.
  • After Mr Black got the coveted literary award, which some say he did not deserve, the local media was full of acrid cartoons of Mr Black's award.

  • Che Guevara in
    But here's what Guevara wrote in his book of the same name: "Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls into my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of...
  • Peter Roebuck in
    Whether it wins or loses at The Oval, Australians have been honourably represented. Throughout the fourth Test the tourists played with vigour but without acrid posturing,says Roebuck.
  • Adam Nagourney in NewsHour (blog)
    Republicans find themselves again being portrayed as the party of no, associated with being on the losing side of an often acrid debate and failing to offer a persuasive alternative agenda,writes the New York Times' Adam Nagourney.

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