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Nov 23, 2017
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acerate

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with Anu Garg

acerate

PRONUNCIATION:
(AS-uh-rayt)

MEANING:
adjective: Needlelike.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin acerosus (full of chaff), erroneously interpreted as derived from acus (needle) or acer (sharp), ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, mediocre, acerbate, acidic, acidulous, acuity, and paragon. Earliest documented use: 1833.

USAGE:
“At once the air was hideous with the acerate harmony of a singing commercial.”
Sam Merwin Jr.; Judas Ram; Galaxy Science Fiction; Dec 1950.

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

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