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EtymologyEdit

From Latin acerbātus, perfect passive participle of acerbō(make bitter), from acerbus(bitter).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈa.sə.beɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæ.səɹˌbeɪt/, ASS-uhr-bait

AdjectiveEdit

acerbate ‎(comparative more acerbate, superlative most acerbate)

  1. (rare) Embittered; having a sour disposition or nature.

VerbEdit

acerbate ‎(third-person singular simple present acerbates, present participle acerbating, simple past and past participle acerbated)

  1. (transitive) To exasperate; to irritate.
    • 1869, Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn, ch. 51:
      Lady Laura had triumphed; but she had no desire to acerbate her husband by any unpalatable allusion to her victory.
  2. (transitive) To make bitter or sour.

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