acrimonious

[ak-ruh-moh-nee-uh s]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. acridity,
  2. acridly,
  3. acriflavine,
  4. acriflavine hydrochloride,
  5. acrilan,
  6. acrimoniously,
  7. acrimony,
  8. acritarch,
  9. acritical,
  10. 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 acrimoniously

acrimonious

adjective

characterized by bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc
Derived Formsacrimoniously, adverbacrimoniousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for acrimoniously

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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