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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-ruh-moh-nee-uh s]
    • /ˌæk rəˈmoʊ ni əs/
    • /ˌæk.rɪˈməʊ.ni.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-ruh-moh-nee-uh s]
    • /ˌæk rəˈmoʊ ni əs/

Definitions of acrimonious word

  • adjective acrimonious Acrimonious words or quarrels are bitter and angry. 3
  • adjective acrimonious characterized by bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc 3
  • adjective acrimonious bitter and caustic in temper, manner, or speech 3
  • adjective acrimonious caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.: an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute. 1
  • noun acrimonious (typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter. 1
  • adjective acrimonious bitter 1

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Origin of acrimonious

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
From the Medieval Latin word ācrimōniōsus, dating back to 1605-15. See acrimony, -ous

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Parts of speech for Acrimonious


acrimonious popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for acrimonious

adj acrimonious

  • rancorous — full of or showing rancor.
  • testy — irritably impatient; touchy.
  • belligerent — A belligerent person is hostile and aggressive.
  • caustic — Caustic chemical substances are very powerful and can dissolve other substances.
  • bitter — In a bitter argument or conflict, people argue very angrily or fight very fiercely.

adjective acrimonious

  • discordant — being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions.
  • hostile — of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: a hostile nation.
  • unfriendly — not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.
  • harsh — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • speech — the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one's thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture: Losing her speech made her feel isolated from humanity.

Antonyms for acrimonious

adj acrimonious

  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • kindly — having, showing, or proceeding from a benevolent disposition or spirit; kindhearted: kindly people.
  • peaceable — inclined or disposed to avoid strife or dissension; not argumentative or hostile: a peaceable person; a peaceable disposition.
  • happy — delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.

adjective acrimonious

  • amicable — When people have an amicable relationship, they are pleasant to each other and solve their problems without quarrelling.

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