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Acerbic humour is critical and direct.  
FORMAL      adj   (=acid)  
He was acclaimed for his acerbic wit and repartee...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    acid, acrid, acrimonious, bitter, brusque, churlish, harsh, nasty, rancorous, rude, severe, sharp, stern, unfriendly, unkind  
2    acerb, acetic, acid, acidulous, acrid, astringent, bitter, harsh, sharp, sour, tart, vinegary  

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