(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Sourness]
Syn. astringency, tartness, acidity; see bitterness 1 .
2. [Harshness]
Syn. irritability, asperity, mordancy; see roughness 2 , rudeness , sarcasm .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. sourness bitterness, astringency, sharpness, harshness, tartness, acidity, acridity, pungency.
2. nastiness irritability, annoyance, sharpness, sourness, bitterness, brusqueness, rancor, sarcasm, venom, acrimony, ill humor, grouchiness.
ANT.: 1. sweetness, nectarous. 2. sweetness, friendliness, good humor
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Irony or bitterness, as of tone: acidity, acridity, causticity, corrosiveness, mordacity, mordancy, sarcasm, trenchancy. See LAUGHTER, RESPECT.

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