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Tartness   /tˈɑrtnəs/   Listen

The taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth.  Synonyms: sour, sourness.
A sharp sour taste.  Synonym: acerbity.
A rough and bitter manner.  Synonyms: acerbity, acrimony, bitterness, jaundice, thorniness.

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"Tartness" Quotes from Famous Books

... gentleman, grossieret, brusquerie[obs3]; vulgarity, &c. 851. churlishness &c. adj.; spinosity[obs3], perversity,; moroseness &c. (sullenness) 901a. sternness &c. adj.; austerity,; moodishness[obs3], captiousness &c. 901; cynicism; tartness &c. adj.; acrimony, acerbity, virulence, asperity. scowl, black looks, frown; short answer, rebuff; hard words, contumely; unparliamentary language, personality. bear, bruin, brute, blackguard, beast; unlicked cub[obs3]; frump, crosspatch[obs3]; ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

... it—more common, weaker than in his imagining. The brightness was dimmed; on the glitter there were defects; the warm inspirations which came from afar, grew stiff when they were touched, stiffened, as oil does when floating on water. In the taste of things, sweetness and tartness became insipid and nauseous, the moment they ...
— The Argonauts • Eliza Orzeszko (AKA Orzeszkowa)

... Clinton was in a dilemma. He was dismayed at the news of the march of Cornwallis to Virginia. Cornwallis had been so long practically independent in the South that he assumed not only the right to shape his own policy but adopted a certain tartness in his despatches to Clinton, his superior. When now, in this tone, he urged Clinton to abandon New York and join him Clinton's answer on the 26th of June was a definite order to occupy some port in Virginia ...
— Washington and his Comrades in Arms - A Chronicle of the War of Independence • George Wrong

... but especially in the tamarind; in the grape it exists along with citric, malic, and an acid called vinic, which resembles tartaric acid in many respects, but differs from it in others, and concerning the nature of which almost nothing is known: these four constitute the agreeable tartness of the ...
— The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction - Vol. 20. No. 568 - 29 Sept 1832 • Various

... Come, a truce with all tartness;—the joy of my heart Is to see Nature's triumph o'er all that is ...
— The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4 • Lord Byron

Words linked to "Tartness" :   taste perception, acidulousness, tart, disagreeableness, acidity, taste sensation, taste, gustatory sensation, gustatory perception

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