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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The power-sharing deal brokered last year between Netanyahu and Gantz lasted only seven months and never managed to pass a budget before collapsing amid acrimony. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 The bill is a case study in the acrimony that pervades the nation’s divides. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2021 Russia’s relations with the West, and the United States in particular, appear to be plumbing depths of acrimony and mutual misunderstanding unseen even during the original Cold War. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2021 The governor’s words were at the very least hasty and more reflective of the ongoing acrimony between Abbott and the White House. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Apr. 2021 The prospect of a bill to rebuild highways, repair crumbling bridges and modernize the nation's rail systems is viewed by both parties as an opportunity for a bipartisan moment in a Congress wracked by political acrimony. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 The restraint shown by OPEC+ is in stark contrast to the acrimony of a year ago. Matt Egan, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 The timing of the move, just as the Chinese were preparing to depart for Alaska, contributed to the acrimony. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 In 2016, President Barack Obama opened a historic visit to Cuba, eager to push decades of acrimony deeper into the past., 20 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of acrimony was in 1542

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3 Jun 2021

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“Acrimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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