Meaning of “acerbic” in the English Dictionary

"acerbic" in British English

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uk /əˈsɜː.bɪk/ us /əˈsɝː.bɪk/ formal

used to describe 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.
noun [ U ] uk /əˈsɜː.bə.ti/ us /əˈsɝː.bə.t̬i/

(Definition of “acerbic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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