AskDefine | Define acerbate

Dictionary Definition

acerbate

Verb

1 cause to be bitter or resentful; "These injustices embittered her even more" [syn: embitter, envenom]
2 make sour or bitter

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English

Etymology

Latin acerbatus, past participle of acerbare, from acerbus

Pronunciation

a*cer-bate
  • /ˈæsəˌbeɪt/
  • SAMPA: //
AAH-suhr-beit

Verb

  1. To exasperate, make bitter or sour; to sour; to imbitter; to irritate.

Translations

References

  • Webster 1913
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