: caustic, biting, or rancorous especially in feeling, language, or manner <an acrimonious dispute>
— ac·ri·mo·ni·ous·ly adverb
— ac·ri·mo·ni·ous·ness noun
Examples of ACRIMONIOUS
- He went through an acrimonious divorce.
- <an acrimonious parting between the two former friends>
- Each man came out of their acrimonious 200-meter showdown on July 23 with an injured hamstring and a decidedly negative vibe. —Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated, 11 Sept. 2000
- My May 19, 1967, memorandum to the president unleashed a storm of controversy. … It led to tense and acrimonious Senate hearings that pitted me against the Joint Chiefs of Staff and generated rumors they intended to resign en masse. —Robert McNamara, In Retrospect, 1995
- But considering the momentousness of the issue, the original Darwinian debate was far less acrimonious than might have been expected … —Gertrude Himmelfarb, American Scholar, Autumn 1981
- We could tell, however, when debate became more acrimonious than professional, but this was from watching lawyers other than our father. —Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
Origin of ACRIMONIOUS
First Known Use: 1659
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