Synonyms for acridity

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ak-rid
Phonetic Transcription : ˈæk rɪd

Définition of acridity

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.
  • noun sarcasm
Example sentences :
  • Then, turning to Magnus, excused himself for the acridity of his words.
  • Extract from : « The Octopus » by Frank Norris
  • Besides, the German wines in themselves have other qualities than that of acridity.
  • Extract from : « The Parisians, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Tom had a nagging air, and a trifle of acridity on his broad features.
  • Extract from : « Evan Harrington, Complete » by George Meredith
  • It seemed attracted by the acridity of the beautiful insect, as the moth is by the flame.
  • Extract from : « The Insect » by Jules Michelet
  • Mr Thresh succeeded in obtaining an alkaloid from the capsicum, but this was entirely wanting in acridity and pungency.
  • Extract from : « Cooley's Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades..., Sixth Edition, Volume I » by Arnold Cooley
  • Among them is that of a species of Calladium, which requires much cooking to destroy its acridity.
  • Extract from : « Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1. » by John MacGillivray
  • The word came very hard, but in his acridity he felt like not sparing himself; he wanted to get accustomed to the full obloquy.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • They are acrid, but lose their acridity when boiled, the water being changed.
  • Extract from : « Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture » by William Saunders
  • Notwithstanding its acridity, a wholesome starch is prepared from the stem.
  • Extract from : « Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture » by William Saunders
  • It has no odor, and a starchy taste, followed by some acridity, but no bitterness.
  • Extract from : « Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants » by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

Antonyms for acridity

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