VCR 8 Presentation

by Leah Mell

Fill in the blank

When Snape says, "“Ah, yes. Harry Potter. Our new — celebrity” in a sarcastic tone, he can be said to be ____________.

Acerbic

adj. 1. sour or bitter in taste

2. Harsh or sharp in speech, manner, or temper


Roots: ACER <L. "sharp

ACERBO, ACERBARE, ACERBAVI, ACERBATUM <L. "to make sour"

ACERBUS <L. "bitter," "sour," "harsh"


Alternate forms: acerbity n.

Related Words

Synonyms

sour, bitter, harsh

Anotnyms

warm, welcoming, sweet

Multiple Choice

Choose the sentence in which the bold-faced word is used incorrectly.

(a) Sarah bit into the lemon tart and cringed because of it's acerbity.


(b) "Geeze! What has her in such an acerbic mood today?" Michael exclaimed as Jana snapped at him to stay focused.


(c) In chemistry class, our goal for the lab was to measure how acerbic the substance was on the pH scale.


(d) Jake's acerbic remarks about her dress left Susanne wondering if her fashion sense was bad.