Definition of acrid in English:

acrid

adjective

  • 1Having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell.

    ‘acrid fumes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even twenty yards from the room, she could still smell the acrid green smoke.’
    • ‘As we gained it, the wind shifted, and a cloud of smoke, black and acrid, stung my eyes and made me cough.’
    • ‘Strong winds from 433 miles away had carried the smoke and acrid smell of forest fires all the way here.’
    • ‘It has a warm energy with bitter and acrid or pungent flavors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The powder instantly vanished with a loud WHOOSH, leaving behind an acrid smell and a small cloud of gray smoke.’
    • ‘I couldn't even smell the usual acrid scent of burning leaves - so I knew it wasn't nearby.’
    • ‘She wrinkled her nose at the acrid, vinegary fumes emitted from the bottle.’
    • ‘The television screen cracked and blew out, smoke and the acrid smell of burning rubber spilling from it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The acrid smell of smoke filled my nostrils until it choked my very breath from my throat.’
    • ‘This could lead not merely to low alcohol content but to acrid and pungent tastes and aromas as well.’
    • ‘The air possessed a pungent, acrid smell because the cigarette had burned through a filter stub in the overflowing ashtray.’
    • ‘There was an acrid smell and smoke was starting to come under the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smith, who lives above the damaged flat, said the hallway had been filled with smoke and an acrid smell of burning.’
    • ‘The acrid smell of burning tyre rubber is in the air.’
    pungent, bitter, sharp, sour, tart, harsh, acid, acidic, acidulated, vinegary, acerbic, acetic, acetous
    stinging, burning, irritating, nauseating
    noxious, strong, malodorous, odorous, burnt, sooty
    mephitic
    acidulous, miasmic, miasmal
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    1. 1.1 Angry and bitter.
      ‘an acrid farewell’

Origin

Early 18th century: formed irregularly from Latin acer, acri- sharp, pungent + -id, probably influenced by acid.

Pronunciation:

acrid

/ˈakrəd/