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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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  • But it has not reached that level of acrimony this year, at least yet.
  • His concern, he says, is that acrimony over the budget will delay progress and leave researchers spinning their wheels.
  • What's unusual about the labor negotiations currently underway is the lack of acrimony.
  • Sometimes the parties can negotiate these issues directly without feelings of irritation or acrimony.
  • In public, there are promises to work together, then unmistakable acrimony.
  • The environment is designed for acrimony, not success.
  • Still, the approach underscores the acrimony that surrounds the talks.
  • Those talks collapsed in acrimony.
  • As this gets worse, and it will with the lawyers and the acrimony, try not to get caught up in the divorce.
  • The acrimony finally led to the plant's being shut in the middle of last year.
British Dictionary definitions for acrimony

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 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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