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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Other Words from acrimonious

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 The world of politics is filled with messy local races, acrimonious small-town battles, contested elections and quixotic campaigns. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Why This Ex-Con Mayor Is Running Away From Reporters," 6 Oct. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The couple had been embroiled in an acrimonious separation battle, and were engaged in a dispute about the parenting of Worden’s son. Tara Law, Time, "Divorcing Spouse Claims NASA Astronaut Committed Crime in Space: Report," 24 Aug. 2019 Katz's father claimed his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of the couple's long-running and acrimonious custody battle. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Jacksonville gaming tournament shooter had been hospitalized for mental illness, documents show," 27 Aug. 2018 The possibility of Melrose’s takeover being blocked has become more prominent in the days after the turnaround specialist won an acrimonious battle for control. Bloomberg.com, "Another Corporate Headache Lands on Theresa May’s Lap," 3 Apr. 2018 From Today's Good Divorce and How to Part Well, as well as sites such as Wevorce, which helps couples avoid a messy, acrimonious court battle. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "Why Millennials Are Embracing the "Happy Divorce"," 31 Mar. 2017 And just as in the United States there are acrimonious debates between left and right over the role of climate change in creating these conditions. New York Times, "Australia’s Fires Through a Californian’s Eyes," 9 Jan. 2020 But the suspension has fueled concerns over how TikTok will respond to a growing level of acrimonious debate and discussion of issues critical of the Chinese government. Washington Post, "A 17-year-old posted to TikTok about China’s detention camps. Her account was suspended," 26 Nov. 2019 The Providence Journal reported the bylaws were approved Monday on a vote of 120-37, after an acrimonious debate, failed motions and angry chants. USA TODAY, "Bei Bei goes bye-bye, human compost company, Confederate statue whisked away: News from around our 50 states," 21 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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4 Feb 2020

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“Acrimonious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acrimonious. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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