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acrimonious

Syllabification: ac·ri·mo·ni·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌakrəˈmōnēəs
 
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Definition of acrimonious in English:

adjective

(Typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter: an acrimonious dispute about wages
More example sentences
  • The deal was reached on Sunday after five days of sometimes acrimonious negotiations.
  • There could be as much bitter and acrimonious political argument and debate as they liked, but from now on all problems had to be resolved politically.
  • The more acrimonious and bitter an argument or election contest appears to be, the less likely it is that anything of principle will really be at stake.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'bitter, pungent'): from acrimony + -ous.

Derivatives

acrimoniously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • But by 2001, she had failed to win a seat in the Australian federal Senate and her party broke up acrimoniously amid allegations of wrongdoing and internal bickering.
  • Last week, the society vigorously defended its record on complaints, insisting only 0.4% of its dealings with the public ended acrimoniously.
  • The courts will decide if the allegations are true, but one thing is certain: working for a celebrity can be more lucrative than marrying one, especially when it all ends acrimoniously.

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