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.

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 However, its efforts to pay up, despite the geopolitical acrimony, may suggest that Russia will stump up money owed once the crisis is over, and that waiting it out could be profitable. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 28 June 2022 Boebert seems to relish the fighting and the acrimony as the ends rather than the means. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Their relations have stumbled into acrimony in recent years during the presidency of left-leaning Moon Jae-in, mostly over legacies of Japan’s colonization of the Korean Peninsula for more than three decades through 1945. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Antisocial activity is on the rise generally, and on both the right and the left, the smallest communities — even entirely voluntary ones like congregations or friend groups — are easily ripped apart by acrimony. Noah Millman, The Week, 3 Feb. 2022 All of this was playing out amid open acrimony among White House aides and outside advisers about how best — and how far — to proceed with efforts to pursue Mr. Trump’s claims of fraud in the election. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Screenshots of old emails and Twitter messages are flying around amid the acrimony., 15 Oct. 2021 Despite the acrimony, the two sides appear to agree on some important legal rules applicable to space. Bin Li, Scientific American, 9 May 2022 This simple fact accounts for perhaps 99 percent of the acrimony on there, which is rarely about events in the outside world and frequently about the content of other tweets. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Acrimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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