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August 5, 2021


Acrimony is a legal term for the state of being in irreconcilable hostility. The word is from the Latin Acer, meaning sharp, and malum, meaning hateful.

A person can be in ‘acrimony’ with another person if they do not want to compromise or negotiate to settle any disagreement.

Acrimony is the feeling of hate, anger, or a bitter quarrel in someone’s heart.

Adjective – Acrimonious

Adverb – Acrimoniously

Etymology: The etymology of the word acrimony is unclear. Some people believe it comes from the Latin, ‘acro’ meaning high and Moneo meaning to speak out loud, so acrimony would mean – high speaking out loudly. Others believe it comes from the Greek words’ kharis,’ meaning sharpness or keenness, and’ Monos,’ meaning single. Acrimony would be – single sharpness or bitterness.

In modern terms, acrimony means a state of being angry and hostile or a feeling of aversion.

It is from the Latin words acrimonia, meaning “sharpness, keenness,” and acrimen, meaning “sharp pain.” In the early 15th century, the word acrimony came into English vocabulary. In Middle English, it had a more literal meaning of “the sharp edge of a weapon.”

In a Sentence

He was frustrated by her acrimony.

The acrimony between the two countries feels like it will never end.

After years of acrimony, the two sides finally reached an understanding.


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