Definitions for: Acrimony

[n] a sharp and bitter manner

Webster (1913) Definition: Ac"ri*mo*ny, n.; pl. Acrimonies. [L. acrimonia, fr.
acer, sharp: cf. F. acrimonie.]
1. A quality of bodies which corrodes or destroys others;
also, a harsh or biting sharpness; as, the acrimony of the
juices of certain plants. [Archaic] --Bacon.

2. Sharpness or severity, as of language or temper;
irritating bitterness of disposition or manners.

John the Baptist set himself with much acrimony and
indignation to baffle this senseless arrogant
conceit of theirs. --South.

Syn: Acrimony, Asperity, Harshness, Tartness.

Usage: These words express different degrees of angry feeling
or language. Asperity and harshness arise from angry
feelings, connected with a disregard for the feelings
of others. Harshness usually denotes needless severity
or an undue measure of severity. Acrimony is a biting
sharpness produced by an imbittered spirit. Tartness
denotes slight asperity and implies some degree of
intellectual readiness. Tartness of reply; harshness
of accusation; acrimony of invective.

In his official letters he expressed, with great
acrimony, his contempt for the king's character.

It is no very cynical asperity not to confess
obligations where no benefit has been received.

A just reverence of mankind prevents the growth
of harshness and brutality. --Shaftesbury.

Synonyms: acerbity, bitterness, jaundice

See Also: disagreeableness

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