Definition of acidly in English:



  • With bitterness or sarcasm.

    ‘‘Is it up to you to make that decision?’ she asked acidly’
    • ‘Even though many circulars had been sent out and the public meeting had been well advertised, the councillors acidly noted that the decision would not stop the public complaining that ‘nothing ever happens in Barlick’.’
    • ‘‘You're so proud of your brains,’ Fanny said acidly.’
    • ‘‘I might say the same of you,’ Banks pointed out acidly.’
    • ‘Writing in a recent issue of The American Educator, a college professor acidly described a class of incoming freshmen.’
    • ‘Though much of what Stewart and his cronies say about the press is acidly contemptuous, even this plays to the bottomless narcissism of many journalists.’
    • ‘She smiled acidly at the figure, gritting her teeth.’
    • ‘When I'm pitching a fit, she'll fight me, but when I'm calmly angry and acidly articulate she knows not to push it.’
    • ‘His latest collection is an acidly funny series of stories tracing the brutal youth of Jonny, a fat, asthmatic, diabetic pariah.’
    • ‘Even the marks made by the tyre tread are now considered as modern art,’ he says acidly.’
    • ‘She smiled acidly at the road and then glanced at him.’
    • ‘That year, at the height of his hermetic glory, he released an album, brilliant and acidly political, called ‘Punch The Clock,’ which contained the single ‘Shipbuilding.’’
    • ‘‘Oh yes,’ said Kate acidly, ‘and they've done it by putting thousands of shops like this out of business.’’
    • ‘She pours bile on him in print and he responds acidly when journalists relay her comments.’
    • ‘You never cared about anyone else - including me,’ he said acidly.’
    • ‘He doesn't like public attention and responds acidly to all forms of commendation.’
    • ‘No other profession has been so acidly ridiculed and at the same time so hotly envied as the legal profession.’
    • ‘‘I hope you two are happy with yourselves,’ I spat acidly.’
    • ‘In a brilliantly wry and acidly accurate mini short story he demonstrates the shocking swerving from honesty and truth by the government.’
    • ‘‘She traded most of the old sexual teasing for social commentary, and she's no Lennon, friends,’ the LA Times commented acidly.’
    • ‘‘Glad I've brightened someone's day then,’ I answered acidly, and let him in.’