sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition, etc.: The speaker attacked him with great acrimony.

Nearby words

  1. acriflavine,
  2. acriflavine hydrochloride,
  3. acrilan,
  4. acrimonious,
  5. acrimoniously,
  6. acritarch,
  7. acritical,
  8. acro dance,
  9. acro-,
  10. acroagnosis

Origin of acrimony

1535–45; < Latin ācrimōnia, equivalent to ācri- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -mōnia -mony Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for acrimony


noun plural -nies

bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc

Word Origin for acrimony

C16: from Latin ācrimōnia, from ācer sharp, sour

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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.

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