ac·ri·mo·ny | \ˈa-krə-ˌmō-nē \
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

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Call it destiny meets acrimony, the future faces of the franchises fighting for every inch of ice at Staples Center and Honda Center like true frenemies. Curtis Zupke,, "Prospects for Kings, Ducks built tight bond on junior hockey squad," 6 July 2018 The Seattle City Council repealed the tax in a 7-2 vote that was accompanied by large doses of acrimony and despair., "Seattle repeals tax on companies after Amazon fights back," 12 June 2018 Fights with allies and rivals for what President Donald Trump calls unfair trade practices have yielded acrimony and retaliation from Canada, Mexico and Europe, while China has yet to budge. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Trade Wars of 2018: An Alternate History," 10 June 2018 Texas's 7th Congressional District around Houston drew national attention for its intraparty acrimony. Kayla Epstein,, "As a wave of women seeks office, what happens when they face each other?," 31 May 2018 The film from director Sebastian Lelio stars transgender actress Daniela Vega as a woman who faces acrimony and scrutiny after the death of her lover., "‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture at the Oscars," 4 Mar. 2018 But the hourlong affair was laden with insults and taunts, as both men paid loud and often simultaneous tribute to the acrimony that has typified the campaign leading up to their June 26 Republican primary. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "One’s a Felon? Eh. G.O.P. Debate Focuses on Who’s Most Like Trump.," 11 June 2018 The distrust and partisan acrimony will be hard to repair. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "Former Intelligence Chiefs Explain How President Trump Sows Distrust to His Advantage," 31 May 2018 But the internal turbulence has preoccupied her at a time when Germany is reckoning with far bigger international challenges, especially the growing transatlantic acrimony between Berlin and the Trump administration., "Merkel prevents breakup of German government with immigration deal," 2 July 2018

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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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