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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACRIDITY

Then, turning to Magnus, excused himself for the acridity of his words.

Besides, the German wines in themselves have other qualities than that of acridity.

Tom had a nagging air, and a trifle of acridity on his broad features.

It seemed attracted by the acridity of the beautiful insect, as the moth is by the flame.

Mr Thresh succeeded in obtaining an alkaloid from the capsicum, but this was entirely wanting in acridity and pungency.

Among them is that of a species of Calladium, which requires much cooking to destroy its acridity.

The word came very hard, but in his acridity he felt like not sparing himself; he wanted to get accustomed to the full obloquy.

They are acrid, but lose their acridity when boiled, the water being changed.

Notwithstanding its acridity, a wholesome starch is prepared from the stem.

It has no odor, and a starchy taste, followed by some acridity, but no bitterness.

WORD ORIGIN

1712, formed irregularly from Latin acer (fem. acris) "sharp, pungent, bitter, eager, fierce," from PIE *akri- "sharp," from root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce" (cf. Oscan akrid (ablative singular) "sharply;" Greek akis "sharp point," akros "at the farthest point, highest, outermost," akantha "thorn," akme "summit, edge;" also oxys "sharp, bitter;" Sanskrit acri- "corner, edge," acani- "point of an arrow," asrih "edge;" Lithuanian ašmuo "sharpness," akstis "sharp stick;" Old Lithuanian aštras, Lithuanian aštrus "sharp;" Old Church Slavonic ostru, Russian óstryj "sharp;" Old Irish er "high;" Welsh ochr "edge, corner, border;" Old Norse eggja "goad;" Old English ecg "sword"). The -id suffix probably is in imitation of acid. Acrious (1670s) is a correct formation, but seldom seen.

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