I adjective acerb, acerbic, acrid, astringent, biting, bitter, blistering, captious, caustic, censorious, choleric, corrosive, cross-tempered, cruel, cutting, cynical, embittered, envenomed, gruff, harsh, hostile, huffy, ill-natured, inimical, irascible, irritable, malevolent, malicious, malignant, negative, peevish, pejorative, petulant, rancorous, resentful, rough, rude, sarcastic, scathing, severe, sharp, snappish, snarling, sour, spiteful, stinging, tart, testy, touchy, vicious, virulent, vitriolic, waspish II index astringent, bitter (penetrating), bitter (reproachful), caustic, cruel, cynical, harsh, hostile, libelous, malevolent, malicious, mordacious, negative, outrageous, pejorative, petulant, resentful, scathing, severe, spiteful, trenchant, vicious, virulent

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  • acrimonious — UK US /ˌækrɪˈməʊniəs/ adjective FORMAL ► involving a lot of anger and arguments: an acrimonious battle/debate/dispute »Two top executives at the company resigned after an acrimonious battle for control. an acrimonious departure/split/takeover… …   Financial and business terms

  • Acrimonious — Ac ri*mo ni*ous, a. [Cf. LL. acrimonious, F. acrimonieux.] 1. Acrid; corrosive; as, acrimonious gall. [Archaic] Harvey. [1913 Webster] 2. Caustic; bitter tempered sarcastic; as, acrimonious dispute, language, temper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acrimonious — (adj.) 1610s, acrid, from Fr. acrimonieux, from M.L. acrimoniosus, from L. acrimonia (see ACRIMONY (Cf. acrimony)). Of dispositions, debates, etc., from 1775. Related: Acrimoniously; acrimoniousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • acrimonious — *angry, irate, indignant, wrathful, wroth, mad Analogous words: testy, splenetic, choleric, *irascible, cranky, cross: rancorous, hostile, antagonistic (see corresponding nouns at ENMITY): quarrelsome, contentious, *belligerent Antonyms: irenic,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acrimonious — [adj] nasty in behavior, speech acerbic, acid, angry, astringent, belligerent, biting, bitter, caustic, censorious, churlish, crabby, cranky, cross, cutting, indignant, irascible, irate, ireful, mad, mordant, peevish, petulant, rancorous,… …   New thesaurus

  • acrimonious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ angry and bitter. DERIVATIVES acrimoniously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • acrimonious — [ak΄ri mō′nē əs] adj. [ML acrimoniosus: see ACRIMONY] bitter and caustic in temper, manner, or speech acrimoniously adv. acrimoniousness n …   English World dictionary

  • acrimonious — acrimoniously, adv. acrimoniousness, n. /ak reuh moh nee euhs/, adj. caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.: an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute. [1605 15; < ML acrimoniosus. See ACRIMONY, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • acrimonious — ac|ri|mo|ni|ous [ˌækrıˈməuniəs US ˈmou ] adj an acrimonious meeting or discussion is one in which people argue a lot and get very angry ▪ The meeting ended in an acrimonious dispute. >acrimoniously adv >acrimoniousness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • acrimonious — ac|ri|mo|ni|ous [ ,ækrı mouniəs ] adjective an acrimonious situation is unpleasant because people feel angry toward each other: an acrimonious divorce ╾ ac|ri|mo|ni|ous|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English