bite, poignance, virulence, roughness, vitriol, bile, acrimony, keenness, tartness, acerbity, virulency, cattiness, mordancy, bitterness, acidness, poignancy, acuteness, sharpness, harshness, asperity, corrosiveness, acridity, acrimoniousness, acidity, pungency
- Mr. Howells, of all men, does not need to be told that, as wine of the highest flavor and most delicate bouquet is made from juice pressed out by the unaided weight of the grapes, so in expression we are in danger of getting something like acridness if we crush in with the first sprightly runnings the skins and kernels of words in our vain hope to win more than we ought of their color and meaning. - "The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays", James Russell Lowell.
- He showed more surprise than pleasure at seeing Alec, smiling with his own acridness as he said, " I doobt ye haena brocht hame that barrel o' ile ye promised me, Mr Alec? - "Alec Forbes of Howglen", George MacDonald.
- The second fault is the acridness, or peculiar, smart, bitter taste often found in American cheese. - "The American Reformed Cattle Doctor", George Dadd.