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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Despite the signing of the agreement on the name dispute, there was acrimony about the deal on both sides of the border. Niki Kitsantonis,, "Macedonia signs historic deal with Greece on name dispute," 17 June 2018 In a brief interview Thursday, Giuliani said there was no acrimony inside the firm regarding his work for Trump, saying that ‘half the firm is for him, maybe half against — fifty-fifty. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump reassures anxious hawks that he’s willing to walk away from North Korea talks," 11 May 2018 Tight finances created acrimony among the district’s workforce. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside schools face fiscal crisis," 26 July 2019 Noting the interest and acrimony, the agency is giving residents who would be affected more opportunities to weigh in. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Metro invites more public comments for Noho-Pasadena bus line following contentious meetings," 18 July 2019 Teka’s death sparked an outpouring of anger and frustration, a rare display of acrimony by Israel’s 150,000-member Ethiopian Jewish community. Washington Post, "Police shooting of an Ethiopian Jew prompts a Black Lives Matter moment in Israel," 12 July 2019 Federal officials are seeking 20-year leases for most of the sites, AP reported, a sign that acrimony surrounding immigration policies could continue for years. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Phoenix may get giant new housing facility for migrant children, feds say," 3 July 2019 As the trade war simmers, MP executives are preparing for a future of enduring U.S.-China acrimony. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 In an age when acrimony is passed off as commentary and screaming talking heads routinely trump thoughtful consideration, the young women of the Laurel Political Review are exploring the most basic tenant of citizenship. Phillip Morris,, "Politicians beware, the girls of Laurel School are watching you: Phillip Morris," 9 June 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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