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acrimony

[ak-ruh-moh-nee] /ˈæk rəˌmoʊ ni/
noun
1.
sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition, etc.:
The speaker attacked him with great acrimony.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin ācrimōnia, equivalent to ācri- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -mōnia -mony
Synonyms
bitterness, animosity, spitefulness, asperity, spite.
Antonyms
goodwill, civility, kindness, politeness.
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British Dictionary definitions for acrimonies

acrimony

/ˈækrɪmənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ācrimōnia, from ācer sharp, sour
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Word Origin and History for acrimonies

acrimony

n.

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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