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Definition of acerb:

  1. Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit; sharp and harsh.

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red-hot, bitter, sulphurous, acid, acidulent, sulfurous, acerbic, cutting, acidic, erosive, blistering, venomous, taste, acrimonious, sultry, virulent, hot, irate, sharp, harsh, caustic, deadly, stifling, tart, vitriolic, pungent, vinegarish, mordant, blistery, acidulated, tangy, sour, dry, savage, acetous, acidulous, astringent, biting, corrosive, stinging, unpleasant, acrid.

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