acerbate

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EtymologyEdit

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

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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. 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. To make bitter or sour.

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

acerbāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of acerbō
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