acrimony

Part of speech: noun

Bitterness of speech or temper; harshness.

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Usage examples "acrimony":

  1. The acrimony in the tariff debate had been disturbing, and the attacks on Speaker Cannon from his own party colleagues increased in frequency and virulence inside and outside of Congress. - "Contemporary American History, 1877-1913", Charles A. Beard.
  2. She was also satisfied that he had not come on a formal, friendly visit- the memory of her last interview with him forbade such a conjecture, for on that occasion politeness had been deposed from her throne and acrimony had reigned in her stead. - "Mary, Mary", James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum.
  3. Franklin's daring proposal to neutralize the " artillery of heaven," of course could not escape, and the impiety of lightning- rods was widely discussed, often with acrimony. - "Inventors", Philip Gengembre Hubert.