ac·​ri·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ ˌa-krə-ˈmō-nē-əs \

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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The move signals a return to the acrimonious relationship Manafort has had with the special counsel’s office since his indictment last year. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Mueller accuses Manafort of breaking plea agreement by lying," 27 Nov. 2018 Photo: Bess Adler for The Wall Street Journal The exchanges between the council members, Amazon officials and Mr. Patchett were at times heated and acrimonious. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon Executives, City Official Defend HQ2 Deal," 12 Dec. 2018 Bitcoin Cash itself was created through another acrimonious hard fork last August. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff," 14 Nov. 2018 Or will the two finally split in an acrimonious battle of the Lodges? Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Kelly Ripa Will Play Hiram Lodge's Mistress on "Riverdale"," 7 Nov. 2018 Outside an apparent personal feud between two former House colleagues, this episode is telling of what will likely be an acrimonious relationship between top Democrats in Congress and members of the Trump administration. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A top Democrat said he plans to investigate Ryan Zinke in Congress. Zinke called him a drunk.," 30 Nov. 2018 Sullivan and Pappas have also traded fire in recent weeks, with the sniping becoming more acrimonious by the day. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Republicans see glimmer of hope in raucous, crowded, nasty New Hampshire House race," 10 Sep. 2018 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Departures from the Trump administration tend to be pretty acrimonious. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "How Nikki Haley played the White House game — and won," 9 Oct. 2018 Calista officials said the corporation's code of conduct places clear limits on individual board members' authority, which arose from past, acrimonious conflicts between the board and company executives. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Court filings expose power struggle over sex harassment charges at Native corporation Calista," 8 June 2018

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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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