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Definition harsh or caustic — physically as when smoke from burning rubber might irritate the throat; or metaphorically as when someone says something that is especially sarcastic
  • We were chased from the room by the acrid smoke.
acrid = harsh or caustic
  • The acrid smell of tear gas still lingered.
  • acrid = harsh or caustic
  • Her acrid remarks make her many enemies.
  • acrid = harsh or caustic
  • On the other hand, if they are left on the heat too long, most of the beans will be burned, which will make the chocolate bitter and acrid.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • acrid = harsh
  • The rain and wind paused, and an acrid smell like burning wire filled the air.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • acrid = harsh or caustic
  • There was a pause, and the murmur of other voices; then a match striking, the acrid smell of fresh cigar smoke.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • acrid = harsh
  • Despair hung in the air like the smoke from the Map Room, thick and acrid.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • acrid = harsh or caustic
  • swept so closely over me as to fan me with its acrid breath.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • acrid = harsh or caustic
  • It wrapped her about; it lifted her off her feet, while the very taste of it, as of something potent, acrid and strange, forced open her set teeth.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The air, still and muggy, held the scents of coffee and patisserie and the acrid tang of someone's cigarettes.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It wrapped her about; it lifted her off her feet, while the very taste of it, as of something potent, acrid and strange, forced open her set teeth.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • The acrid smells of overheated machinery and gun smoke fill my lungs.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I stood up stiffly, my eyes tearing from the acrid smoke, and looked out across the cotton to the slope, barely visible in the smoggish dawn.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • I have no choice but to take a few mouthfuls—tasting, as I do, the acrid sting of medication.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • She looked at the books again—black, brown, and that acrid theological blue.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "Ah, yes!" said he, laughing acridly.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Then the acrid tang of vinegar cut the air, and Teabing felt the cool liquid flowing out through the dials onto his palm.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The acrid smell of electricity permeated the air.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • He rubbed his cheek along his forearm, smelling the acrid scent of salt and sweat and the staleness of dirt.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I shook my head and returned to the window, inhaling the brown chemical, acrid breaths of the distant blaze.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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