- sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition, etc.: The speaker attacked him with great acrimony.
Origin of acrimony
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Examples from the Web for acrimony
But after nearly three years of acrimony between the two former allies, the stubborn Erdoğan clung to his plans.How The Pro-Israel Right Got Hagel And Kerry Backwards
April 25, 2013
Indeed, the acrimony had reached such heights that I fully expected her to make her place in the opposition this time around.Tzipi Livni, Israel's So-Called Lead Peace Negotiator
Emily L. Hauser
April 12, 2013
But if one recognizes that Americans see their country in religious terms, the level of acrimony is more easily understandable.Why Is American Politics So Religious and Divisive?
Jordan Michael Smith
March 30, 2013
But it was certainly no shocker when it dissolved in acrimony.Bob Woodward's So-Called Thinking Sort Of Explained
February 28, 2013
There, acrimony between rap superstars and an indie filmmaker boiled over into the public realm as never before.The Hip-Hop Doc War
July 8, 2011
It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time, on acrimony and division.
Their precise age and antiquity have been disputed with some acrimony.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Harkaman asked him, when they were alone after the second day of acrimony.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
"Never mind, Gustavus, never mind," replied Mr. Ferdinand with some acrimony.The Prophet of Berkeley Square
Secondly, to prevent its access to the air, which so much increases its acrimony.Zoonomia, Vol. II
- bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc
Word Origin and History for acrimony
1540s, "quality of being acrid," from Middle French acrimonie or directly from Latin acrimonia "sharpness, pungency of taste," figuratively "acrimony, severity, energy," from acer "sharp" (fem. acris, neuter acre; see acrid) + -monia suffix of action, state, condition. Figurative extension to "sharpness of temper" is first recorded 1610s.