acrimony

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noun ac·ri·mo·ny \ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of acrimony

plural

acrimonies

  1. :  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>

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

Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French acrimonie, from Latin acrimonia, from acr-, acer sharp


First Known Use: 1542



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