The image for the word acerbic in a way is self-explanatory and does more that to just point the meaning. In terms of dictionary definitions, the word carries the following meanings:
1. Sour or astringent in taste: Lemon juice is acerbic. (Adjective)
2. Harsh or severe, as of temper or expression. (Adjective)
Masters Tip to remember Acerbic:
There are a couple of simple associations that needs to make to remember acerbic (and both are depicted in the picture). One is that of lemon. If for once one could taste a word, then it has to be acerbic. Its taste is like that of a lemon and its bitterness stings.
It is the same bitterness one feels when one goes through a break-up, the second association that the picture above makes. And this bitterness does out in the form of violent and abusive tirades against one’s ex. This bitterness or acridness is what being acerbic is.
1. His acerbic remarks generally make sure that he ends up making a lot of enemies.
2. The possession of an acerbic wit can be like a double edged sword, when it cuts oneself one does not even come to know.
3. David Rennie of the Economist is leaving – we will miss him, but look forward to his acerbic insights on British politics in the future.
4. This ahead-of-its-time series was an acerbic comedy of manners with loads of backstabbing and laughs along the way.