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 for acerb
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Acerb \A*cerb"\, a. [L. acerbus, fr. acer sharp: cf. F. acerbe.
     See Acrid.]
     Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit; sharp
     and harsh.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  acerb
      adj 1: sour or bitter in taste [syn: acerb, acerbic,
             astringent]
      2: harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing
         otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her
         acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words";
         "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political
         assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a
         sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique" [syn:
         acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering,
         caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent,
         vitriolic]

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