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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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 Wednesday will be a day of acrimony, probably to Trump's delight, because, at the very least, the disruption will cast a cloud over the incoming president, Joe Biden. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | COLBERT I. KING: How January will test U.S.," 4 Jan. 2021 Measures to curb the virus have also been the cause of acrimony. New York Times, "A Tornado, a Pandemic and Now a Bombing: ‘Nashville Strong’ Is Tested," 28 Dec. 2020 Usually, the splitting up of dynamic duos comes about because of some level of acrimony. oregonlive, "Bond between Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard would make any potential trade - even for James Harden - painful," 27 Dec. 2020 It was fueled by deep social and economic divisions and intense political acrimony. Peter Van Agtmael, Magazine, "How photography helps us make sense of this unforgettable year," 8 Dec. 2020 Monday’s certifications will be conducted against a backdrop of tense partisan acrimony. New York Times, "Electoral College Voter: Long an Honor, and Now Also a Headache," 14 Dec. 2020 As the incoming Biden administration and Cuban government look at how to reengage following four years of Cold War-era acrimony, cooperation on law enforcement again could be a logical first step, officials in both countries said. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Could Trump's exit make it easier for Cuba to fight drug crime?," 9 Dec. 2020 The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted 3-0 to certify the results of its election after weeks of post-election acrimony and attempts to delay the process. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Michigan state canvassers vote to certify the election in blow to Trump," 23 Nov. 2020 The acrimony over the election season could continue even longer. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Mick Mulvaney: Trump could fight outcome until the weekend before Inauguration Day," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Acrimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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