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May 22, 2015
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Verbs

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devolve
edify
parlay
espouse
acerbate

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acerbate

PRONUNCIATION:
(AS-uhr-bayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To irritate or to aggravate.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin acerbus (bitter). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, mediocre, paragon, acuity, and acidic. Earliest documented use: 1657.

USAGE:
“The status quo will clearly acerbate the intolerable conditions under which the average reserve resident survives.”
Don Weisbeck; Politically speaking; Weekend Regional (Brooks, Canada); Jan 31, 2013.

See more usage examples of acerbate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. -Arthur Conan Doyle, physician and writer (22 May 1859-1930)

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