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Meaning of ACRIMONY

Pronunciation:  'akru`mownee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a sharp and bitter manner

ACRIMONY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: acerbity, bitterness, jaundice
 See Also: disagreeableness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ac"ri*mo*ny\, n.; pl. {Acrimonies}. [L. acrimonia, fr.
acer, sharp: cf. F. acrimonie.]
1. A quality of bodies which corrodes or destroys others;
   also, a harsh or biting sharpness; as, the acrimony of the
   juices of certain plants. [Archaic] --Bacon.

2. 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.                    --South.

Syn: {Acrimony}, {Asperity}, {Harshness}, {Tartness}.

Usage: These words express different degrees of angry feeling
       or language. Asperity and harshness arise from angry
       feelings, connected with a disregard for the feelings
       of others. Harshness usually denotes needless severity
       or an undue measure of severity. Acrimony is a biting
       sharpness produced by an imbittered spirit. Tartness
       denotes slight asperity and implies some degree of
       intellectual readiness. Tartness of reply; harshness
       of accusation; acrimony of invective.

             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.       --Shaftesbury.

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