acrid Definition

  • 1having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell
  • 2angry and bitter

Using acrid: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "acrid" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The acrid smell of burning rubber filled the air.

  • Example

    The acrid taste of the medicine made her gag.

  • Example

    He spoke with an acrid tone, lashing out at everyone in the room.

acrid Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with acrid

  • smoke that has a strong, unpleasant smell


    The acrid smoke from the fire made it difficult to breathe.

  • humor that is sharp, biting, and often cruel


    His acrid wit was often misunderstood as being mean-spirited.

  • criticism that is harsh, bitter, and often unfair


    Her acrid criticism of his work left him feeling demoralized.

Origins of acrid

from Latin 'acridus', meaning 'sharp, pungent'


Summary: acrid in Brief

'Acrid' [ˈækrɪd] describes something with an unpleasantly strong taste or smell, such as 'the acrid smell of burning rubber.' It can also describe someone's tone, as in 'He spoke with an acrid tone, lashing out at everyone in the room.' 'Acrid' extends into phrases like 'acrid smoke,' which denotes smoke with a strong, unpleasant smell, and 'acrid wit,' which refers to humor that is sharp and often cruel.