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acerbic
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  • Whenever he is heard advancing, they both make some little decorative preparation to receive him; at other times they divide their watches into short scraps of oblivion and dialogues not wholly free from acerbity, as to whether Miss Dedlock, sitting with her feet upon the fender, was or was not falling into the fire when rescued (to her great displeasure) by her guardian genius the maid.

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  • I appreciate her fine mind, but find her humor a bit acerbic.
  • an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose

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