ac·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce acrimony (audio) \
plural acrimonies

Definition of acrimony

: anger and bitterness : harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or feelings The dispute continued with increased acrimony.

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Examples of acrimony in a Sentence

The dispute began again with increased acrimony. she responded with such acrimony that he never brought the subject up again
Recent Examples on the Web But space has the ability to put all the stress and acrimony into perspective. Robert Gebelhoff, Twin Cities, "Robert Gebelhoff: Tired of politics? Check out Saturn’s newly discovered moons.," 12 Oct. 2019 The council meeting follows weekend discussions between senior U.S. and North Korean officials in Stockholm that broke down amid acrimony. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UN meets on North Korea missile test which Europeans condemn," 8 Oct. 2019 Weekend discussions between senior U.S. and North Korean officials in Stockholm broke down amid acrimony. Edith M. Lederer,, "North Korea criticizes upcoming UN Security Council meeting," 7 Oct. 2019 The remastered tracks reveal a bit of the banter behind the scenes — insight into a band that was in harmony, not acrimony. CBS News, "50 years later, "Abbey Road" remix reveals insight into the Beatles' swan song," 27 Sep. 2019 Anurag Rana, a senior analyst of software and IT services at Bloomberg Intelligence, talks about Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigning amid acrimony between the board and a cohort of founders led by ex-chairman Narayana Murthy., "The White House’s Impact on the Corporate Community," 18 Aug. 2017 If any acrimony bubbles under the figurative surface, Harris isn’t letting on. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Journal: Sixteen chances for CB Chris Harris to prove he merits a long-term contract somewhere," 7 Sep. 2019 That hardly made the debate any less feisty or chaotic than the previous two rounds, which left political observers and voters worried that intraparty acrimony could distract Democrats from their ultimate goal of defeating President Trump., "“The senator says she’s for Bernie, well I’m for Barack,” Biden said, before accusing Warren of failing to explain how she would pay for the massive expansion of government financing for health care.," 13 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, ahead of a House vote on resolution to rebuke Trump, Rep. Ron Wright, a freshman Republican from Arlington, criticized him for a stirring acrimony, and also rejected the Democrats' move to formally label him a racist. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Texas Republicans squirm as Trump tells nonwhites in Congress 'go back' home; Cornyn calls it 'unforced error'," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of acrimony

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrimony

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acrimonie, borrowed from Latin ācrimōnia, from ācr-, ācer "sharp, biting, keen" + -mōnia, suffix of abstract nouns (going back to the Indo-European noun-forming suffix *-mĕ̄n-/*-mŏ̄n- + the abstract noun formative *-i-) — more at acr-

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The first known use of acrimony was in 1542

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not being in agreement or harmony

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