ac·ri·mo·ny | \ ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē \
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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Examples of acrimony in a Sentence

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

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But the hourlong affair was laden with insults and taunts, as both men paid loud and often simultaneous tribute to the acrimony that has typified the campaign leading up to their June 26 Republican primary. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "One’s a Felon? Eh. G.O.P. Debate Focuses on Who’s Most Like Trump.," 11 June 2018 The distrust and partisan acrimony will be hard to repair. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "Former Intelligence Chiefs Explain How President Trump Sows Distrust to His Advantage," 31 May 2018 But the internal turbulence has preoccupied her at a time when Germany is reckoning with far bigger international challenges, especially the growing transatlantic acrimony between Berlin and the Trump administration., "Merkel prevents breakup of German government with immigration deal," 2 July 2018 But at present such a sacrifice would be political suicide given the acrimony Mr. Trump has stirred up over trade and immigration. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Turns From Uniter to Disrupter on Global Stage," 20 June 2018 Ross warned that there could be diplomatic as well as commercial repercussions, with the acrimony threatening to disrupt the fragile diplomatic relations with North Korea. NBC News, "Beijing fires back at Trump, slaps retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports," 18 June 2018 Her family’s roots in the city have also led to accusations and acrimony. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Veltri dynasty ending in Plantation as mayor decides to retire," 20 Mar. 2018 After 18 months of peer review, and plenty of acrimony on both sides, Myhrvold’s latest critique appeared on 22 May on the website of the journal Icarus. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, "Asteroid Battle: Tech Entrepreneur Doubles Down on Critique of NASA Mission," 18 June 2018 The idea of expanding the use of the censure as a tool of coercion or settling acrimony makes some wary, including San Antonio Tea Party board member Grant Moody. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "As factions fight for control of Texas Republican Party, battle already decided in Bexar County," 13 June 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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