ac·​ri·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ ˌa-krə-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce acrimonious (audio) \

Definition of acrimonious

: angry and bitter : caustic, biting, or rancorous especially in feeling, language, or manner an acrimonious dispute

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acrimoniously adverb
acrimoniousness noun

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Examples of acrimonious in a Sentence

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 He went through an acrimonious divorce. an acrimonious parting between the two former friends
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Recent Examples on the Web Moon’s governing camp has been in an acrimonious relationship with South Korea’s largest newspapers for some time., 1 Oct. 2021 Major League Baseball’s return to play in 2020 after the start of the season was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic offered fans a view inside the acrimonious relationship between the sport’s 30 owners and players’ union. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2021 An acrimonious divorce in the early 1940s left Stephen living with his mother. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 Some residents were reluctant to pay assessments in the tens of thousands of dollars for the repairs, leading to acrimonious board meetings. Bobby Caina Calvan,, 13 July 2021 Some residents were reluctant to pay assessments in the tens of thousands of dollars for the repairs, leading to acrimonious board meetings., 13 July 2021 The pair, who spent the majority of 2021 in acrimonious tension, trading coded bars at each other on their respective releases, recently buried the hatchet. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 10 Dec. 2021 But the relationship soured into an exchange of acrimonious lawsuits alleging contractual abuses. Chris Morris, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 And there is the recognition that his parents, who are working out a new relationship after a long and acrimonious time apart, are getting frailer. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of acrimonious

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrimonious

acrimony + -ous

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21 Jan 2022

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“Acrimonious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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