acrimony

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noun ac·ri·mo·ny \ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of acrimony

plural

acrimonies

  1. :  harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or disposition

Examples of acrimony in a sentence

  1. The dispute began again with increased acrimony.

  2. <she responded with such acrimony that he never brought the subject up again>

Did You Know?

Acrimony is angry harshness that usually springs from intense personal dislike. An acrimonious exchange is full of cutting, unpleasant remarks designed to hurt. Civil wars are often more acrimonious and bloody than foreign wars. In the same way, a bad divorce may be more acrimonious than any other kind of legal battle.

Origin and Etymology of acrimony

Middle French or Latin; Middle French acrimonie, from Latin acrimonia, from acr-, acer


First Known Use: 1542


ACRIMONY Defined for English Language Learners

acrimony

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noun ac·ri·mo·ny \ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of acrimony for English Language Learners

  • : angry and bitter feelings



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