acrimony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acrimony a rough and bitter manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acrimony A quality of bodies which corrodes or destroys others; also, a harsh or biting sharpness; as, the acrimony of the juices of certain plants.
    • Acrimony Sharpness or severity, as of language or temper; irritating bitterness of disposition or manners. "John the Baptist set himself with much acrimony and indignation to baffle this senseless arrogant conceit of theirs.""In his official letters he expressed, with great acrimony , his contempt for the king's character.""It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received.""A just reverence of mankind prevents the growth of harshness and brutality."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acrimony Acridity; harshness or extreme bitterness of taste; pungency; corrosiveness.
    • n acrimony Figuratively, sharpness or severity of temper; bitterness of expression proceeding from anger, ill nature, or petulance; virulence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acrimony ak′ri-mun-i bitterness of feeling or language
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acrimonia, fr. acer, sharp: cf. F. acrimonie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. acrimoniaacer, sharp.

Usage

In literature:

A series of acrimonious despatches from the Lieutenant-Governor preceded Mr. Willis across the Atlantic.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
He took up his pen once more, and wrote against it with the greatest acrimony.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
But he was still as acrimonious as he dared to be.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
And how easily can we imagine the acrimonious discussions that went on!
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
The acrimony of the old feud was as a trait bred in the bone.
"The Riddle Of The Rocks" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Not, however, without much acrimonious debate.
"The French Prisoners of Norman Cross A Tale" by Arthur Brown
Gallagher had written down every word of an acrimonious debate.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Very earnest, if not acrimonious, were the discussions that immediately preceded and followed.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
The explanations went off, on the whole, very well, without acrimony, and as satisfactorily as the case allowed.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
I have been untrue to every purpose of my mind, if I have spoken with any bitterness or acrimony.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
They were, on the other hand, continued with still greater acrimony.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
This, indeed, of all the Ministerial measures, met with the most acrimonious notice both in and out of Parliament.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
We all know how easy it is to turn obstinate and defend a pet theory with acrimony.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Nothing less could have called forth such an exclamation from those acrimonious lips and jaded eyes.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
Roland, Servan, and Claviere were more insolent and acrimonious than usual.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
But pardon my acrimony.
"The Library Magazine of Select Foreign Literature" by Various
It was that knowledge which gave acrimony to her speech.
"Mr. Claghorn's Daughter" by Hilary Trent
The Jesuits, in a phase of ascendancy, persecuted and insulted the Buddhists with great acrimony.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
To this, perhaps, might have been traced the acrimony observable in the speech of Calhoun.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
How do they reason upon a dogma, and quarrel with acrimony about a system of which even themselves can comprehend nothing?
"Letters To Eugenia" by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
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In news:

Race has been acrimonious .
I have covered political campaigns for a long, long time from the local level of mayoral races to the national level of dueling presidential candidates, but never before have I witnessed such acrimony .
Peterson's murder trial follows years of acrimony .
Is acrimony a must for must-see TV.
Members of Blink-182 Discuss Overcoming Years of Acrimony .
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.
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