V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: sharpness or bitterness in language or manner

Synonyms: acerbity, rancor, harshness, bitterness

Antonyms: civility, courtesy, politeness

Tips: Acrimony is derived from the Latin acri, "sharp or pungent." Acrimonious words are bitter words. The adjective acrid refers to something that is harsh, sharp, or bitter. Acrimony is synonymous with rancor. Acrimony should be used to describe the bitterness expressed in language or mannerisms. Rancor should be used more generally to describe deep rooted bitterness and resentment. For example: "The acrimony (bitterness) in the congressman's speech illustrated the rancor (bitterness and resentment) in Washington D.C." For a memory trick, note how acrimony sounds like "acre money." Then, think about the number of disputes that have occurred over land and money. Many acrimonious situations have occurred because of people fighting over land and money (acre money).

Usage Examples:

The acrimony in his tone and manner made it very clear just how angry he was. (harshness, bitterness)

There were many acrimonious exchanges between the actress and her manager before the contract was finally broken. (bitter) adjective

Although the politician was very angry, he tried to refrain from acrimony when he addressed the town council. (rancor, bitterness)

The sweet drink failed to mask the acrid taste of the poison, giving away the would-be murderer's plot. (bitter, pungent) adjective

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