acrimony

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From Middle French acrimonie, from Latin ācrimōnia (sharpness, pungency).

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acrimony (countable and uncountable, plural acrimonies)

  1. A sharp and bitter hatred.
    Her acrimony for her neighbors manifests itself with shouting and stomping.
    • 2018 November 3, Phil McNulty, “Arsenal 1 - 1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was prepared to play a game of patience to land Virgil van Dijk after his initial move to sign the Netherlands captain from Southampton in the summer of 2017 ended in acrimony.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, chapter 12, in The Last Man:
      In her resentful mood, these expressions had been remembered with acrimony and disdain; [...].

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