Origin of acrimoniousMedieval Latin acrimoniosus: see acrimony
The definition of acrimonious is when someone or something is bitter or harsh in manner or speech, or rubs a person the wrong way.
When a person says mean and hurtful things to someone, it is an example of acting in an acrimonious manner.
Bitter and sharp in language or tone; rancorous: an acrimonious debate between the two candidates.
(comparative more acrimonious, superlative most acrimonious)
- We need to defuse this increasingly acrimonious situation.
- It is an acrimonious dispute, so exercise sensible caution!
- It was an acrimonious split.
- You are a busy matrimonial lawyer acting for a wife in very acrimonious divorce proceedings.
- Festival finances have been the subject of sometimes acrimonious debate in Sidmouth for many years.