The Closing Word: Acerbity

The Closing Word: DeclivityThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ah-SERB-uh-tee)

1. a sharp bitterness
2. a sharp sour taste
3. a rough and bitter manner

From “The Latin word acerbus means “sour-tasting,” and that is acerbity in a nutshell: sour. Many foods have acerbity, like limes and pickles. Acerbity can also be a personality trait, like a professor who snaps at you if you talk in class.”

“The neighbor’s acerbity proved to be a challenge in selling the home, as prospective buyers couldn’t imagine living next to the crank.”


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