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

1535–45; < Latin ācrimōnia, equivalent to ācri- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -mōnia -mony

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noun plural -nies
  1. bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc
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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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