Adjective "acrimonious" definition and examples

(Acrimonious may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(typically of speech or discussion) angry and bitter.
  1. 'The deal was reached on Sunday after five days of sometimes acrimonious negotiations.'
  2. 'It's deadlock, with only acrimonious court battles and a bitter tug-of-love to look forward to.'
  3. 'There could be as much bitter and acrimonious political argument and debate as they liked, but from now on all problems had to be resolved politically.'
  4. 'It also reveals a rivalry between some of the top DJs that is certainly more friendly than acrimonious.'
  5. 'Emery was estranged from his fourth wife and a remarkable and acrimonious dispute blew up between the two women.'
  6. 'The company was involved in an acrimonious tax dispute with the local government earlier this year.'
  7. 'I chose the more sophisticated outfit, but almost immediately an acrimonious dispute halted work.'
  8. 'Tuesday's skirmish with the tribunal judges was merely the latest of many acrimonious bust-ups.'
  9. 'It was a bitter, acrimonious divorce that involved lawyers and an emotional tug-of-war over access to Leon.'
  10. 'The discussions became acrimonious enough for Halifax to consider resigning.'

More definitions

1. caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.: an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute.

More examples(as adjective)

"disputes can be acrimonious in/at/on yesterdays."

"debates can be acrimonious."

"negotiations can be acrimonious."

"exchanges can be acrimonious."

"disputes can be acrimonious."

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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘bitter, pungent’): from acrimony + -ous.