acrimonious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj acrimonious marked by strong resentment or cynicism "an acrimonious dispute","bitter about the divorce"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acrimonious Acrid; corrosive; as, acrimonious gall.
    • Acrimonious Caustic; bitter-tempered' sarcastic; as, acrimonious dispute, language, temper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acrimonious Abounding in acrimony or acridness; acrid; corrosive.
    • acrimonious Figuratively, severe; bitter; virulent; caustic; stinging: applied to language, temper, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Acrimonious sharp, bitter
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. acrimonious, F. acrimonieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. acrimoniaacer, sharp.

Usage

In literature:

Having in view these ulterior motives, the acrimony of Frontenac's quarrel with Laval is not surprising.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
The measure was fiercely resisted by the Opposition, and called forth a lively and acrimonious debate.
"The Day of Sir John Macdonald" by Joseph Pope
The controversy which arose between the Governor and the Assembly became acrimonious in the extreme.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The debate lost its academic calm and became acrimonious.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
After much acrimonious debate the matter ended.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Acrimonious and cynical, he is always sincere, and never dull.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Lady Georgina was clever, and therefore acrimonious.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
CONTROVERSIAL writings, acrimony infused into by scholars, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
This produced acrimonious debate, which is not the end of it, I fear.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
A most heated, and finally acrimonious dispute once arose regarding General Joseph E. Johnston's hight.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
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In news:

WASHINGTON — With billions of dollars spent and millions of charges and countercharges lodged in an almost interminably acrimonious campaign, the result is a political landscape virtually unchanged.
Chief Justice Ronald D Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery - has flared into outright acrimony following the unauthorized disclosure of a report that details widespread ticket-fixing at the city's Traffic Court .
The Brattleboro Retreat, and the union representing about 500 of its workers, have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of acrimonious and tense negotiations.
Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson is talking about the time he found the Hollywood A-lister with his ex during their acrimonious divorce in the late 1980s.
We're back in full-throttle campaign mode, much to the disgust of voters who thought President Obama's decisive victory on Nov 6 might stifle the acrimony on Capitol Hill .
ELKHART — If this year's presidential election feels more acrimonious to you, you're not alone.
On Monday night, the school board did ratify the contract teachers approved last week, but not before some acrimonious words were exchanged.
Outside groups, finger-pointing and acrimony have nearly eclipsed the original reason six state senators face voters today.
The debate about the New York Public Library may be acrimonious, but it is a sign of civic health.
Stark differences may have divided Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum during the acrimonious GOP primary campaign, but last week the ex-governor and former senator came together to celebrate a title they both share: Dad.
WASHINGTON — The Jets have sunk so low that they've now entered the acrimonious debate on the fiscal cliff.
The second, and possibly last, trial starts amid controversy and acrimony.
When his parents divorced acrimoniously when Ledger was 10, he never forgot it.
Ownership of just one more data point in a storied history of back-and-forth acrimony, for a third.
Moscow blasts US trade and rights bill as American-Russian "reset" plan gives way to acrimony.
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