Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Bitter, sharp animosity, especially as exhibited in speech or behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Acridity; harshness or extreme bitterness of taste; pungency; corrosiveness.
  • noun Figuratively, sharpness or severity of temper; bitterness of expression proceeding from anger, ill nature, or petulance; virulence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic A quality of bodies which corrodes or destroys others; also, a harsh or biting sharpness.
  • noun Sharpness or severity, as of language or temper; irritating bitterness of disposition or manners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sharp and bitter hatred.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a rough and bitter manner

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin ācrimōnia, sharpness, from ācer, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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  • sharp, bitter hatred

    June 9, 2011

  • 1906 US Railway Assn. Standard Cipher Code, shorthand for telegraph communications and meaning "action deferred until further notice".

    January 19, 2013

  • bitterness and ill will

    The acrimony between the president and vice-president sent a clear signal to voters: the health of the current administration was imperiled.

    October 1, 2016