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[ak-ruh-moh-nee-uh s]
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  1. caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.: an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute.
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Origin of acrimonious

From the Medieval Latin word ācrimōniōsus, dating back to 1605–15. See acrimony, -ous
Related formsac·ri·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbac·ri·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounun·ac·ri·mo·ni·ous, adjectiveun·ac·ri·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbun·ac·ri·mo·ni·ous·ness, noun
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  • "Tell it to whom you like, my good man," replied Brigitte, acrimoniously.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie

    Honore de Balzac

  • But Nolan was regarding him acrimoniously, and Clayton apparently had not heard at all.

    Dangerous Days

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I do not mean to intimate that the subject absolutely and acrimoniously annoyed our hero.

  • "Hain't got no business stirrin' us up like this for nothin'," said Atwell, acrimoniously.

    Scattergood Baines

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • Dr. Sutherland chivalrously assumed the sole authorship, and was acrimoniously attacked by some of his professional brethren.

British Dictionary definitions for acrimoniously


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



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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