acrimonious

adjective
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 Neither Xi’s speech nor the accompanying video footage made any mention of President Trump or increasingly acrimonious relations with the United States over the past year. Gerry Shih, BostonGlobe.com, "A year after coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China’s Xi declares 2020 a triumph," 31 Dec. 2020 Neither Xi’s speech nor the accompanying video footage made any mention of President Trump or increasingly acrimonious relations with the United States over the past year. Washington Post, "A year after coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China’s Xi declares 2020 a triumph," 31 Dec. 2020 The Disney presentation capped one of the most acrimonious weeks in Hollywood’s focus on streaming. Erich Schwartzel And Joe Flint, WSJ, "Disney’s Sizzle Reel Sends Stock to New Highs," 11 Dec. 2020 But over time, the rivalry became more acrimonious. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Slack’s sale shows the perils of competing with Big Tech," 1 Dec. 2020 The spat has involved an acrimonious back-and-forth between national and local administrations. Andrea Dudik, Bloomberg.com, "Europe Holds Crisis Talks as Spain Seeks Lockdown Powers," 9 Oct. 2020 Whereas a deal would create a base on which Britain could build other agreements with its largest and most important neighbour, the acrimonious blame game that would follow a failure in the talks would poison relations for years. The Economist, "Last tango in Brussels A thin, last-minute Brexit trade deal is better than no deal at all," 12 Dec. 2020 The pact, sealed with a handshake in March 2018, followed shortly after yet another acrimonious presidential election which had pitted the two against each other. Westen K Shilaho, Quartz Africa, "Kenyans should reject the latest round of proposed constitutional changes," 7 Dec. 2020 Hamilton won his first title with Mercedes in 2014, and every one since except for 2016 when then-teammate Nico Rosberg beat him in an acrimonious battle that saw the teenage karting friends fall out. Bloomberg.com, "Hamilton Lets Tears Flow as He Clinches Record 7th F1 Title," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of acrimonious was in 1651

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9 Jan 2021

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“Acrimonious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acrimonious. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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