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 Still, relations between the two countries have remained acrimonious. Joe Walsh, Forbes, "U.S. Navy Ship Fired Warning Shots At Iranian Boats After Close Encounter," 27 Apr. 2021 Democrat Troy Carter won Saturday’s special election for Louisiana’s vacant U.S. House seat, defeating his state Senate colleague and ending an acrimonious, intraparty clash., "Democrat Troy Carter wins New Orleans-based US House seat," 24 Apr. 2021 Thousands attended the event and cheered Trump, while protests — acrimonious but mostly peaceful — occurred around the arena for hours after the rally ended. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis will recoup $100,000 in security costs for Trump's 2019 rally at Target Center," 21 Jan. 2021 The new agreement, which was reached after years to sometimes acrimonious negotiations, will give CITIC the right to mine an additional one billion tonnes of iron ore from the tenements controlled by Palmer’s principal company, Mineralogy. Tim Treadgold, Forbes, "China Adds To Clive Palmer’s $3.8 Billion Fortune," 5 Apr. 2021 An attorney and former high-school teacher, Weingarten previously served as the head of the New York City teachers’ union, engaging in acrimonious negotiations with the former mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Randi Weingarten on Opening Schools Safely," 2 Apr. 2021 Last season was so strange, beset by the pandemic as well as the acrimonious negotiations between management and players just to pull off a truncated 60-game schedule., "A Red Sox Opening Day that feels almost normal is cause to celebrate," 31 Mar. 2021 China’s increasingly acrimonious relationship with the United States and other countries has also complicated the inquiry. New York Times, "Virus Origins Remain Unclear in W.H.O.-China Inquiry," 29 Mar. 2021 The issue has become acrimonious, with Democrats saying the boycotts harm the democratic functioning of the state. Andrew Selsky, ajc, "In Oregon, Democrats seek to end GOP boycotts of Legislature," 19 Mar. 2021

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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 May 2021

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“Acrimonious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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