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

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Five years later the acrimony was still raw when the contract of the founding director of GMCSF was not renewed by the organization’s board of directors. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Gay choruses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale share stage for 50th anniversary of Stonewall," 18 June 2019 The acrimony is ratcheting up between an heir to Taco Cabana founder Felix Stehling and Stehling’s longtime financial adviser. Patrick Danner,, "More legal spats erupt between Taco Cabana founder’s heir and financial adviser," 7 June 2019 Elliott sticks out both for the volume of its campaigns as well as for their acrimony. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Elliott Management Goes on Charm Offensive," 8 Oct. 2018 The acrimony over Brexit, which has reached fever pitch as deadlines come and go while politicians squabble, is affecting the mental wellbeing of people from Belfast to Brighton. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019 But the gas project has proved lackluster and APEC ended in acrimony as Chinese and U.S officials quarreled over trade rivalries. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Dude, Where’s My Car? Pacific Nation Loses Fleet of Official Vehicles," 25 Jan. 2019 Prior versions of the alliance -- before Mahathir joined -- collapsed in acrimony over ideology, and at times parties competed against each other for votes in the same districts. Anuradha Raghu,, "Malaysia's Anwar Pardoned, Paving Way for Return to Politics," 16 May 2018 This is one reason there hasn’t been much acrimony between old maple families and newcomers. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "Maple syrup inc.: Vermont’s maple syrup tradition goes high tech, high finance," 18 Apr. 2018 Partisan acrimony grew so deep that the Republicans planned to build a wall to separate their staff from the Democratic committee aides, the Journal has reported. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "House’s Russia Probe, Cited in Roger Stone Charges, Nearly Derailed Itself," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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