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[mass noun] Bitterness or ill feeling.‘the AGM dissolved into acrimony’
bitterness, rancour, resentment, ill feeling, ill will, bad blood, animosity, hostility, enmity, antagonism, irascibility, waspishness, spleenmalice, spitefulness, crabbedness, causticity, sarcasm, venom, poison, viciousness, nastiness, harshness, sharpness, acerbity, virulence, astringencygrudge, grievanceView synonyms
- ‘The band split up earlier this year amid bitterness and acrimony.’
- ‘And then inevitably something would go wrong, and it would end in acrimony and sometimes in lawsuits.’
- ‘The whole partnership then dissolved into acrimony and mistrust and legal wrangling.’
- ‘There was no acrimony, and no ill-will towards the national organisation.’
- ‘Large disparities in the contributions member nations were expected to make to the EU budget caused no small amount of acrimony.’
- ‘Whatever the outcome of this particular dispute, though, these homes have to be built somewhere and the less acrimony with which it can be done the better.’
- ‘Money can't buy you love, sang the Beatles but what's clear is it can certainly create a lot of acrimony where love once existed.’
- ‘It was a match dripping in acrimony, disappointment and what might have been.’
- ‘Isn't it unsurprising how settling a lawsuit does nothing to settle the underlying acrimony that motivated it?’
- ‘And yet we've had so much acrimony over the past few years that the public has risen up against it.’
- ‘The resulting acrimony helped ensure that it would take a while to forge working alliances on the new council.’
- ‘The whole area was poisoned by anger and acrimony.’
- ‘But what should have been one of the publishing events of this year has now descended into astonishing depths of bitterness and acrimony.’
- ‘It's only recently and as a result of all the bitter acrimony that he realised that they can't sort it out.’
- ‘I really believe that it is better for couples to separate as amicably as possible and give their children a chance to grow up without daily misery and acrimony.’
- ‘In the past, especially during election time, the issue of money has raised unnecessary tension and acrimony.’
- ‘The relationship has dissolved in acrimony as accusations are levelled by both sides.’
- ‘Long-term damage can be caused to children exposed to acrimony and bitterness in family breakdown.’
- ‘For this relationship is, in practice, fraught with mutual antagonism and conducted through mutual acrimony.’
- ‘Despite some brief acrimony, a year later nothing much had changed.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘bitter taste or smell’): from French acrimonie or Latin acrimonia, from acer, acri- pungent, acrid.
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