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acerbic
used in Oliver Twist

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clever or funny, but also harsh or cruel
  • The dove then turned up his coat-collar, and put on his cocked hat; and, having exchanged a long and affectionate embrace with his future partner, once again braved the cold wind of the night: merely pausing, for a few minutes, in the male paupers' ward, to abuse them a little, with the view of satisfying himself that he could fill the office of workhouse-master with needful acerbity.
    Chapter 27 — Atones for the Unpoliteness of a Former Chapter; Which.... (71% in)

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