acrimony

noun ac·ri·mo·ny \ ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of acrimony

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

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

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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

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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