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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Other Words from acrimonious

acrimoniously adverb
acrimoniousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acrimonious


acrid, bitter, embittered, hard, rancorous, resentful, sore



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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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Now America was gone, and Britain had crashed out of the EU in acrimonious circumstances. The Economist, "Europe alone: July 2024," 6 July 2019 Leonard showed up to training camp two months later nursing an injury that ultimately led to his acrimonious departure. Mike Finger,, "Two years later, Spurs learning what they missed," 22 June 2019 The disaster exacerbated an acute banking crisis that had locked Mr. Christofias into an acrimonious feud with former Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides over who was to blame for it. Menelaos Hadjicostis,, "Dimitris Christofias, ex-president of Cyprus, dies at 72," 21 June 2019 Plus, Garland is represented by Klutch Sports, the agency that engineered Davis' acrimonious trade request and exit. Ben Golliver,, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 Plus, Garland is represented by Klutch Sports, the agency that engineered Davis’ acrimonious trade request and exit. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 Beijing has no enthusiasm for the acrimonious selection process that would be likely from yet another resignation. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "In Battle for Hong Kong, the Field Has Tilted Toward Beijing," 12 June 2019 Thursday's Defense Ministry announcement comes as the U.S. and China are engaged in an increasingly acrimonious battle over trade and technology. CBS News, "U.S. arms sale request from Taiwan draws warning of "serious harm" from China," 6 June 2019 Israeli plans to hold a summit aimed at improving relations with Eastern European countries fell apart Monday after acrimonious exchanges over who was to blame for the murder of Jews during World War II. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Summit of European Powers Collapses Amid Holocaust Dispute," 18 Feb. 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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