Definition of acrimony
- The dispute continued with increased acrimony.
The dispute began again with increased acrimony.
she responded with such acrimony that he never brought the subject up again
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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.
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