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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Although the Alliance unions reached a contract agreement last year, the SEIU-UHW remains locked in increasingly acrimonious contract talks with the giant not-for-profit hospital and insurance company. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kaiser’s bitter contract talks could jeopardize its 20-year partnership with labor," 6 Sep. 2019 The vote followed a fiery, and sometimes acrimonious, debate in which some lawmakers directly attacked the prime minister. NBC News, "U.K. lawmakers reject snap election, dealing another blow to PM Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 The city selected a master developer, Lennar, in 2016 after a long and politically acrimonious public process. John King,, "Concord weapons station has fraught history, but development concept has promise," 3 Sep. 2019 Instead, moderators leveraged an already acrimonious campaign by spending much of the time having candidates address their opponents' criticisms, which resulted in confrontations and a combative tone that seemed tailor-made for Trump. Mary Mcnamara,, "Commentary: The first Democratic debate won’t break ratings records. And that’s OK," 26 June 2019 The method could also contribute new insights to the sometimes-acrimonious debate over the impact of free-roaming cats on wildlife, which some research has concluded is profound. Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, "Catcam videos reveal cats don’t sleep all day," 6 June 2019 No acrimonious splits with top offensive stars like the Steelers had with LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown. Tara Sullivan,, "Patriots defense has all the makings of dominance," 3 Sep. 2019 But after an acrimonious divorce in 2010, Twain slowly began to move toward making her first album without Lange since 1993. Al Shipley, Billboard, "Worth the Wait: The 10 Best Albums That Fans Waited Over a Decade For," 29 Aug. 2019 Antoine Griezmann has finally ended his flirtations with Barcelona, with the two sides consummating their arrangement after his acrimonious split from Atletico Madrid. Avi Creditor,, "The Summer Transfer Window's Major Remaining Storylines in Play," 15 July 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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