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[ak-ruh-moh-nee] /ˈæk rəˌmoʊ ni/
sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition, etc.:
The speaker attacked him with great acrimony.
Origin of acrimony
1535-45; < Latin ācrimōnia, equivalent to ācri- (stem of ācer) sharp, sour + -mōnia -mony
bitterness, animosity, spitefulness, asperity, spite.
goodwill, civility, kindness, politeness. Unabridged
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  • It was a channel to his acrimony moderated through his philosophy.

  • Their precise age and antiquity have been disputed with some acrimony.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • One might speak with momentary asperity to his child, but not with acrimony, unless estrangement had begun.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Harkaman asked him, when they were alone after the second day of acrimony.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • Consequently she grew up in an atmosphere of repression and acrimony.

    Emma Goldman Charles A. Madison
British Dictionary definitions for acrimony


noun (pl) -nies
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

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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