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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The ex-wife of a Microsoft executive mysteriously shot dead in front of his 2-year-old daughter in north Florida has hired a criminal defense lawyer — as new details have emerged about the pair’s acrimonious split, Fox News Digital has learned. Fox News, 14 June 2022 But Gardner-Fernandez, who’s from a prominent and wealthy Mormon family, stopped going to church, then allegedly had an affair — triggering the acrimonious divorce. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 23 June 2022 The Brexit deal that Britain and the EU signed in 2019, which aimed to seal an acrimonious divorce between the two, is again causing ructions within Europe. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 15 June 2022 West’s March announcement marked his second acrimonious departure from Harvard., 14 July 2021 The committee’s work has been predictably partisan and acrimonious. The Editors, National Review, 20 June 2022 Perelman’s holding company, MacAndrews & Forbes Inc., took control of Revlon in an acrimonious takeover in 1985, funding the deal with junk debt raised by Michael Milken. Fortune, 16 June 2022 Their testimonies were similar in some ways — both describing an instant infatuation that evolved into a roller coaster romance — but differed as to the source of the acrimonious end. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 1 June 2022 The relationship between Asia’s largest and third-largest economy is nothing if not acrimonious. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Acrimonious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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