1. cause to be bitter or resentful

These injustices embittered her even more

Syn: ↑embitter, ↑envenom
Derivationally related forms: ↑acerbity, ↑embitterment (for: ↑embitter)
Cause: ↑resent
Verb Frames:

Something ——s somebody

2. make sour or bitter
Derivationally related forms: ↑acerbity
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑modify
Verb Frames:

Something ——s something

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Acerbate — A*cerb ate, v. t. [L. acerbatus, p. p. of acerbare, fr. acerbus.] To sour; to imbitter; to irritate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acerbate — index aggravate (annoy), annoy, bitter (acrid tasting) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acerbate — [v] exasperate aggravate, annoy, disturb, perturb, provoke, rattle one’s cage*; concepts 7,19 …   New thesaurus

  • acerbate — [as′ər bāt΄] vt. acerbated, acerbating [< L acerbatus, pp. of acerbare, to make harsh or bitter] 1. to make sour or bitter 2. to irritate; vex …   English World dictionary

  • acerbate — 1. adjective /ˈasəbeɪt,ˈæsəɹˌbeɪt/ Embittered; having a sour disposition or nature. 2. verb /ˈasəbeɪt,ˈæsəɹˌbeɪt/ a) To exasperate; to irritate. Lady Laura had triumphed; but she had no desire to …   Wiktionary

  • acerbate — transitive verb ( bated; bating) Date: circa 1731 irritate, exasperate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acerbate — v. /as euhr bayt /; adj. /euh serr bit/, v., acerbated, acerbating, adj. v.t. 1. to make sour or bitter. 2. to exasperate. adj. 3. embittered. [1725 35; < L acerbatus, ptp. of acerbare to make bitter. See ACERBIC, ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • acerbate — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. 1. embitter sour, poison, gall. 2. exasperate aggravate, ruffle, annoy, disturb, *rattle one s cage, perturb, provoke …   English dictionary for students

  • acerbate — ac·er·bate || æsÉ™beɪt v. annoy, irritate, vex …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acerbate — v 1. embitter, bitter, exacerbate, envenom, sour, gall, rankle, poison. 2. exasperate, discompose, distress, ruffle, roil, pique, chafe, vex, grate, put out, try [s.o. s] patience, Sl. drive [s.o.] nuts, Sl. get [s.o. s] goat; anger, incense,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • acerbate — ac•er•bate [[t]ˈæs ərˌbeɪt[/t]] v. t. bat•ed, bat•ing 1) to make sour or bitter 2) to exasperate or embitter • Etymology: 1725–35; < L …   From formal English to slang

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