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Bitterness or ill feeling.‘a quagmire of lawsuits, acrimony, and finger-pointing’
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
- ‘There was no acrimony, and no ill-will towards the national organisation.’
- ‘The relationship has dissolved in acrimony as accusations are levelled by both sides.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The band split up earlier this year amid bitterness and acrimony.’
- ‘Despite some brief acrimony, a year later nothing much had changed.’
- ‘And then inevitably something would go wrong, and it would end in acrimony and sometimes in lawsuits.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘It's only recently and as a result of all the bitter acrimony that he realised that they can't sort it out.’
- ‘The whole area was poisoned by anger and acrimony.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For this relationship is, in practice, fraught with mutual antagonism and conducted through mutual acrimony.’
- ‘But what should have been one of the publishing events of this year has now descended into astonishing depths of bitterness and acrimony.’
- ‘Long-term damage can be caused to children exposed to acrimony and bitterness in family breakdown.’
- ‘The resulting acrimony helped ensure that it would take a while to forge working alliances on the new council.’
- ‘And yet we've had so much acrimony over the past few years that the public has risen up against it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Large disparities in the contributions member nations were expected to make to the EU budget caused no small amount of acrimony.’
- ‘The whole partnership then dissolved into acrimony and mistrust and legal wrangling.’
- ‘In the past, especially during election time, the issue of money has raised unnecessary tension and acrimony.’
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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