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Unpleasantly bitter or pungent:‘acrid smoke’‘an acrid smell’
pungent, bitter, sharp, sour, tart, harsh, acid, acidic, acidulated, vinegary, acerbic, acetic, acetousstinging, burning, irritating, nauseatingnoxious, strong, malodorous, odorous, burnt, sootymephiticacidulous, miasmic, miasmalView synonyms
- ‘Smith, who lives above the damaged flat, said the hallway had been filled with smoke and an acrid smell of burning.’
- ‘Strong winds from 433 miles away had carried the smoke and acrid smell of forest fires all the way here.’
- ‘The acrid smell of burning tyre rubber is in the air.’
- ‘I couldn't even smell the usual acrid scent of burning leaves - so I knew it wasn't nearby.’
- ‘The air possessed a pungent, acrid smell because the cigarette had burned through a filter stub in the overflowing ashtray.’
- ‘Even twenty yards from the room, she could still smell the acrid green smoke.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 television screen cracked and blew out, smoke and the acrid smell of burning rubber spilling from it.’
- ‘The powder instantly vanished with a loud WHOOSH, leaving behind an acrid smell and a small cloud of gray smoke.’
- ‘She wrinkled her nose at the acrid, vinegary fumes emitted from the bottle.’
- ‘As we gained it, the wind shifted, and a cloud of smoke, black and acrid, stung my eyes and made me cough.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This could lead not merely to low alcohol content but to acrid and pungent tastes and aromas as well.’
- ‘It has a warm energy with bitter and acrid or pungent flavors.’
- ‘The acrid smell of smoke filled my nostrils until it choked my very breath from my throat.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘There was an acrid smell and smoke was starting to come under the door.’
- ‘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.’
Early 18th century: formed irregularly from Latin acer, acri- sharp, pungent + -id, probably influenced by acid.
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