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 If ever there were a time to come together without acrimony, it’s now. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Mailbag: Who’s to blame for MLB’s mess? What happens with the next CBA?," 16 June 2020 More than a month of public acrimony between Major League Baseball and the players association blew up Saturday night. Chandler Rome,, "Q&A: Tracing the path to baseball’s impasse and assessing what’s next," 14 June 2020 What started as Johnson and other City Council members asking perfectly reasonable questions of Chief U. Renee Hall devolved quickly into acrimony and competing political agendas. Dallas News, "Mayor Johnson, a year ago you promised to unify Dallas. How about starting at City Hall?," 7 June 2020 The opening of the hotel follows years of acrimony in which Western & Southern battled with Anna Louise residents for the right to purchase the property. Randy Tucker,, "New Downtown Cincinnati luxury hotel opening today amid pandemic, civil unrest," 3 June 2020 The fallout The club's success in recent years has only added fuel to the acrimony felt by other clubs. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Saracens to be relegated for breaching salary cap: How rugby union champions came crashing down and what comes next?," 20 Jan. 2020 In addition to the acrimony over Tehran’s shadowy puppet-master presence, the demonstrators – the vast majority from poor neighborhoods – have been riled by the lack of clean water, electricity and sufficient health care. Fox News, "Iraq protests descend into bloodshed as activists say Iran making them 'strangers in our country'," 7 Oct. 2019 The party’s decision to call a no-confidence vote against Mr. Kurz in May, ushering in a caretaker government, led to acrimony between the center-right and center-left that analysts said made a potential coalition between the two unlikely. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Kurz Wins Austria Election. Will He Turn to Far Right or Greens to Govern?," 29 Sep. 2019 President Trump and Kim met in Vietnam last February to discuss the acrimony, although the summit was cut short after the parties failed to reach a substantive agreement on North Korea's denuclearization. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly in 'grave danger' after surgery," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Acrimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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