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


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

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


/ (ˌækrɪˈməʊnɪəs) /


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



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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