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acrimonious

[ ak-ruh-moh-nee-uh s ]
/ ˌæk rəˈmoʊ ni əs /
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adjective

caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.: an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute.

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acridity, acridly, acriflavine, acriflavine hydrochloride, acrilan, acrimonious, acrimoniously, acrimony, acritarch, acritical, acro dance

Origin of acrimonious

From the Medieval Latin word ācrimōniōsus, dating back to 1605–15. See acrimony, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for acrimonious

acrimonious

/ (ˌækrɪˈməʊnɪəs) /

adjective

characterized by bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc
Derived Formsacrimoniously, adverbacrimoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for acrimonious

acrimonious


adj.

1610s, "acrid," from French acrimonieux, from Medieval Latin acrimoniosus, from Latin acrimonia (see acrimony). Of dispositions, debates, etc., from 1775. Related: Acrimoniously; acrimoniousness.

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