Definition of acrimony
: harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or disposition
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>
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
Definition of acrimony for English Language Learners
: angry and bitter feelings
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