acridity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

acrid +‎ -ity

Noun[edit]

acridity (countable and uncountable, plural acridities)

  1. Bitterness or acerbity.
  2. An acrid taste or smell.
  3. (figuratively) Bitterness in speech or behaviour; causticness.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      She was not safe from the acridity of his tongue but at least she need not fear physical violence, which was well within the possibilities for others.

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