ac·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce acrimony (audio) \
plural acrimonies

Definition of acrimony

: anger and bitterness : harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or feelings The dispute continued with increased acrimony.

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The dispute began again with increased acrimony. she responded with such acrimony that he never brought the subject up again

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Today’s political acrimony results from Americans’ worldviews becoming married to their partisanship. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 The allegations set the #MeToo movement on a collision course with the battle over the direction of the high court, creating a new level of acrimony in the confirmation process. WSJ, "Immigration, Mueller Probe Boosted U.S. Tensions This Year," 18 Dec. 2018 Another leader soon to exit the stage, John McCain, is also pining for a time when political acrimony was less intense. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "America should be more at ease than this," 2 June 2018 Photo: Jack Dempsey/Associated Press Despite the acrimony, the parties tried to find a solution this fall by attempting to arrange a meeting with both sides, along with league officials. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Inside the Fight for the Future of the Denver Broncos," 9 Dec. 2018 The approvals by Beijing on Oct. 13 were notable for their timing, coming just as Chinese and U.S. officials were seeking to restart trade talks that had collapsed amid acrimony. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s report reflects U.S. skepticism and a possible source of new acrimony ahead of the meeting in Buenos Aires aimed at defusing the dispute companies worry will chill global economic growth. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "US says China hacking increasing ahead of Trump-Xi meeting," 21 Nov. 2018 The talks almost broke down in acrimony Tuesday afternoon after a number of draft decisions were rejected. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "EU Targets Next Year for Accession Talks With Macedonia After Name Change," 26 June 2018 Call it destiny meets acrimony, the future faces of the franchises fighting for every inch of ice at Staples Center and Honda Center like true frenemies. Curtis Zupke,, "Prospects for Kings, Ducks built tight bond on junior hockey squad," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of acrimony

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrimony

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acrimonie, borrowed from Latin ācrimōnia, from ācr-, ācer "sharp, biting, keen" + -mōnia, suffix of abstract nouns (going back to the Indo-European noun-forming suffix -mĕ̄n-/mŏ̄n- + the abstract noun formative -i-) — more at acr-

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