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Jun 5, 2014
This week's theme
Words from chemistry

This week's words
sulfurous
catalyst
fulminate
acidic
brimstone

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acidic

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-SID-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Relating to or containing acid.
2. Having a sour or sharp taste.
3. Bitter or cutting (e.g. a remark).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin acidus (sour), from acere (to be sour). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, and mediocre. Earliest documented use: 1868.

USAGE:
"Following Pete Townshend's acidic comment, a stunned silence descended on the amphitheater."
Fred Shuster; Who Carry on, with Attitude; Daily News (Los Angeles, California); Jul 3, 2002.

See more usage examples of acidic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die. -Federico García Lorca, poet, playwright, and painter (1898-1936)

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