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acerbic
used in Moby Dick

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clever or funny, but also harsh or cruel
  • Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally; as much as to say,—Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill-humor or envy!
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (13% in)

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