Part of speech: noun

Sourness, as of temper, etc.; harshness.

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Usage examples "acerbity":

  1. " Well, you can leave that part out," rejoined Mr. Rose, with some acerbity. - "Short Cruises", W.W. Jacobs.
  2. " Dogs are so foolishly faithful," remarked Miss Lansdale, with polite acerbity. - "The Boss of Little Arcady", Harry Leon Wilson.
  3. Hence Hood's criticism, which is marked by much acerbity towards his superior, but does not betray any consciousness that he himself needed any justification for his division not having taken part. - "The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence", A. T. Mahan.