2 harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation" [syn: acerb, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, venomous, virulent, vitriolic]
- Sour or bitter.
- Sarcastic or
- e.g. acerbic wit; "Well, he's certainly the bright bulb among the 25-watters..."
- "...he is one of the most acerbic people in his field, quick to take offense and not shy about telling people with whom he disagrees how much he thinks they have failed in thought and action." — Washington Post, May 5, 2005
sour or bitter
- Finnish: kitkerä
- German: sauer, bitter
sarcastic or cynical
- Finnish: pureva, kyyninen, sarkastinen
- German: ätzend, beißend
- Finnish: kärkevä
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