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English definition of “acerbic”

acerbic

adjective     /əˈsɜː.bɪk/ US  /-ˈsɝː-/ formal
describes something that is spoken or written in a way that is direct, clever, and cruel: The letters show the acerbic wit for which Parker was both admired and feared.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse acerbity     /əˈsɜː.bə.ti/ US  /-ˈsɝː.bə.t̬i/ noun [U]
(Definition of acerbic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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