Acid vs Acerbity - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between acid and acerbity

is that acid is acid (a food with a sharp taste) while acerbity is sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.

As an adjective acid

is acid; sour; tart (having a sharp taste such as that of vinegar or a lemon).

acid

English

(wikipedia acid)

Adjective

(more)
  • Sour, sharp, or biting to the taste; tart; having the taste of vinegar.
  • :
  • (lb) Sour-tempered.
  • *(Anthony Trollope) (1815-1882)
  • *:He was stern and his face as acid as ever.
  • *
  • *:Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  • Of or pertaining to an acid; acidic.
  • (lb) Denoting a musical genre that is a distortion (as if hallucinogenic) of an existing genre, as in acid house, acid jazz, acid rock.
  • Synonyms

    * acidic

    Antonyms

    * alkaline * base

    Noun

  • A sour substance.
  • (chemistry) Any of several classes of compound having the following properties:-
  • # Any of a class of water-soluble compounds, having sour taste, that turn blue litmus red, and react with some metals to liberate hydrogen, and with bases to form salts.
  • # Any compound that easily donates protons; a
  • # Any compound that can accept a pair of electrons to form a covalent bond; a Lewis acid
  • (slang) lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
  • Antonyms

    * alkali * base

    Hyponyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * acid rain * acid test * acid-base equilibrium * acid-base indicator * acid-fast * acidhead * acid house * acidic * acidify * acidimeter * acidity * acid jazz * acidly * acidophile / acidophilic * acidosis * acidulate * acidulous * acetic acid * acetylsalicylic acid * acid of air * acid of amber * acid of ants * acid of apples * acid of lemon * acid of milk * acid of salt * acid of sugar * acrylic acid * adipic acid * alginic acid * alpha-hydroxy acid * amino acid * arachidic acid * arachidonic acid * arsenic acid * ascorbic acid * aspartic acid * benzoic acid * bile acid * boric acid * bromic acid * butyric acid * capric acid * caproic acid * caprylic acid * carbamic acid * carbolic acid, phenol * carbonic acid * carboxylic acid * cerotic acid * chloric acid * cholic acid * chromic acid * citric acid * conjugate acid * connorstictic acid * consalazinic acid * constictic acid * convirensic acid * crotonic acid * cryptostictic acid * cyanic acid * cyanuric acid * cyclamic acid * deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA * erucic acid * ethanoic acid * fatty acid * folic acid * formic acid * fulminic acid * fumaric acid * fumarprotocetraric acid * galbinic acid * gibberellic acid * gluconic acid * glutamic acid * glyceric acid * glycolic acid * humic acid * hydriodic acid * hydrobromic acid * hydrochloric acid * hydrocyanic acid * hydrofluoric acid * hydrosulphurous acid * hydroxy acid * hypobromous acid * hypochlorous acid * hypofluorous acid * hypohalous acid * hypoiodous acid * hypophosphorous acid * hyposalazinic acid * hypostietic acid * hyposulphurous acid * indoleacetic acid * isobutyric acid * ketipic acid * lactic acid * lauric acid * Lewis acid * linoleic acid * linolenic acid * lysergic acid * maleic acid * malic acid * malonic acid * margaric acid * metaphosphoric acid * methacrylic acid * mucic acid * muriatic acid * myristic acid * nicotinic acid * nitric acid * nitrous acid * norisonotatic acid * norstictic acid * nucleic acid * oleic acid * * * osmic acid * oxaloacetic acid * oxalic acid * palmitic acid * pantothenic acid * pectic acid * pelargonic acid * perchloric acid * periodic acid * permanganic acid * petroselinic acid * phosphoric acid * phosphorous acid * phthalic acid * picric acid * propanoic acid * propionic acid * protocetraric acid * prussic acid * pyrogallic acid * pyrophosphoric acid * pyruvic acid * racemic acid * retinoic acid * ribonucleic acid, RNA * ricinoleic acid * salazinic acid * salicylic acid * sebacic acid * selenic acid * silicic acid * stearic acid * stictic acid * suberic acid * succinic acid * sulphonic acid, sulfonic acid * sulphuric acid, sulfuric acid * sulphurous acid, sulfurous acid * tannic acid * tantalic acid * tartaric acid * telluric acid * thiocyanic acid * thiosulphuric acid, thiosulfuric acid * titanic acid * toluic acid * trans fatty acid * tungstic acid * undecilenic acid * uric acid * usnic acid * valeric acid * vanadic acid * virensic acid

    See also

    * acerbic * acro- * pH

    References

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    Anagrams

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    acerbity

    English

    Noun

    (acerbities)
  • Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit.
  • Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temper, of language, of pain.
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  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“Well ?” I repeated with some acerbity . I had been wondering for the last ten minutes how many more knots he would manage to make in that same bit of string before he actually started undoing them again.}}

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