Definition of acerbity in English:



  • See acerbic

    • ‘Burke's contemporaries thought his Indian speeches ‘too full of acerbity, and much too passionate and exaggerated,’ and even today the English academy condemns his language, most often blaming his Irishness for the excesses.’
    • ‘Bedford also brings more subtlety and less acerbity to her wit.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the wife cannot resist him, and her complicity is evident in the desperate acerbity of their dialogue.’
    • ‘He replied with more than a hint of acerbity: ‘I thought that the home team was supposed to have it easy!’’
    • ‘His unabashed Web evangelism has given way to morbid acerbity.’
    • ‘Grace Mo's was fiercely dramatic, extrovert and frequently demonic, with orchestral outbursts that pushed the piano to extremes: the third movement in particular was successful in its chilling acerbity.’
    • ‘When Waugh wrote this trilogy, between 1951 and 1964, people loved the acerbity of his writing.’
    • ‘The acerbity of both remarks I only cottoned onto years later.’
    • ‘I have never believed that the way to demonstrate the strength of one's commitment to Europe was through the acerbity of one's criticism of the United States.’
    • ‘It has lacked pathos, wit and acerbity.’
    • ‘What I always found amusing was that her acerbity fitted well with the rumbustious nature of the setting.’
    • ‘Skye reeled a little, somewhat surprised at the acerbity in his voice.’
    • ‘It has the wit and acerbity there, and I congratulate the author if I am wrong.’
    • ‘Occasionally her irreverent mood sends the music sliding into pastiche; for all their acerbity, Clonie and Ding Dong could have come from an album by comedy folk parodists Flight of the Conchords.’
    • ‘These writings revealed a first-rate sensibility, a critic ready to stick his neck out and make the necessary judgments, sometimes with acerbity, often with a humorous irony.’
    • ‘The source said: ‘There was no acrimony, no acerbity.’’
    • ‘Back in the 1950s and early 60s, however, Parsons was an actor comfortable with both straight and comedic work, and his sparring roles, often as the voice of officialdom, were the perfect foil for Haynes' acerbity.’
    • ‘The remembrance of these moments were excruciating and she would have acerbity and fury boiling from head to chest.’
    • ‘Of the more than five hundred strips reproduced, most come from the 1950s and sixties, which connoisseurs consider ‘Peanuts’ heyday for its level of literary wit and shocking acerbity.’
    • ‘Criticizing church officials with vigorous acerbity was scarcely unusual in earlier times.’