Definition of acrid in English:



  • Unpleasantly bitter or pungent.

    ‘acrid smoke’
    ‘an acrid smell’
    • ‘Huge bright red and white flashes were seen in the distance and the air quickly filled with smoke and the acrid smell of cordite and sulphur.’
    • ‘Even twenty yards from the room, she could still smell the acrid green smoke.’
    • ‘The air possessed a pungent, acrid smell because the cigarette had burned through a filter stub in the overflowing ashtray.’
    • ‘As we gained it, the wind shifted, and a cloud of smoke, black and acrid, stung my eyes and made me cough.’
    • ‘There was an acrid smell and smoke was starting to come under the door.’
    • ‘Smith, who lives above the damaged flat, said the hallway had been filled with smoke and an acrid smell of burning.’
    • ‘The television screen cracked and blew out, smoke and the acrid smell of burning rubber spilling from it.’
    • ‘Strong winds from 433 miles away had carried the smoke and acrid smell of forest fires all the way here.’
    • ‘Uses The roots of wild plants are generally unpleasantly acrid in flavour on account of the presence of crystals of calcium oxalate, which are clustered particularly thickly under the skin.’
    • ‘The acrid smell of burning tyre rubber is in the air.’
    • ‘The powder instantly vanished with a loud WHOOSH, leaving behind an acrid smell and a small cloud of gray smoke.’
    • ‘This could lead not merely to low alcohol content but to acrid and pungent tastes and aromas as well.’
    • ‘Here, in a different hemisphere, the acrid smell of firework smoke makes me think of cold nights, short days, cuddling up inside next to the heater.’
    • ‘The acrid smell of smoke filled my nostrils until it choked my very breath from my throat.’
    • ‘It's unseasonably warm and sunny, as if God is trying to give New Yorkers a break and the sickly sweet smell of decaying flowers mixes with the acrid smoke.’
    • ‘She wrinkled her nose at the acrid, vinegary fumes emitted from the bottle.’
    • ‘The burning heavy plastic caused acrid smoke which left a thick layer of soot on over everything in the room and means an awful lot of cleaning up.’
    • ‘At its height more than 100 firefighters fought the blaze which sent a huge plume of black, acrid smoke billowing 1,000 ft into the air.’
    • ‘I couldn't even smell the usual acrid scent of burning leaves - so I knew it wasn't nearby.’
    • ‘It has a warm energy with bitter and acrid or pungent flavors.’
    pungent, bitter, sharp, sour, tart, harsh, acid, acidic, acidulated, vinegary, acerbic, acetic, acetous
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Early 18th century: formed irregularly from Latin acer, acri- ‘sharp, pungent’ + -id, probably influenced by acid.