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 Pelosi convened a meeting of the impeachment committee chairmen at her office in the Capitol late Monday following an acrimonious, nearly 10-hour hearing at the Judiciary Committee. Tim Darnell, ajc, "World remembers historic Apollo 11 mission: The top 9 national stories of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 By the time the film was released, however, the claim that the homeschoolers had found the dinosaur had become the subject of acrimonious dispute in the world of creationist fossil hunting. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Mark Meadows and the Undisclosed Dinosaur Property," 1 Oct. 2019 The letters, written by Jason Klitenic, the DNI’s general counsel, provide Maguire’s side of the story in what has quickly become an acrimonious dispute with Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "Intelligence chief won't turn over whistleblower complaint to House committee," 18 Sep. 2019 Though San Antonio itself hasn’t quite moved on fully from Leonard’s acrimonious departure in the summer of 2019 — first to Toronto, now to L.A. — Spurs players are doing their best to treat his latest return Saturday as any other game. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs have bigger concerns than Kawhi Leonard’s latest return," 20 Dec. 2019 Surprisingly, Baumbach was left off the directing list, but did land a nod for screenplay for the semi-autobiographical tale of a couple weathering an acrimonious divorce. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Golden Globes: Political Films Pushed Aside for Personal Tales and Period Pieces," 9 Dec. 2019 Pagano, now the defensive coordinator of the Bears, had just been hired by the Colts that offseason following a 2-14 season and an acrimonious parting with franchise quarterback Peyton Manning. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Remarkable 2012 season with Colts shaped Bucs coach Bruce Arians," 6 Dec. 2019 Hill and her husband are in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. Maryclaire Dale,, "Congresswoman’s exit prompts question of equity amid scandal," 28 Oct. 2019 The senator later told reporters that his motivation was last year’s acrimonious confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh., "Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, struggling to build support among black voters, removed a photo from its website of a Kenyan woman that was used earlier this year to illustrate his plan to dismantle racism in the United States.," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Jan 2020

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“Acrimonious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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