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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ac"ri*mo*ny
  1. A quality of bodies which corrodes or destroys others; also, a harsh or biting sharpness; as, the acrimony of the juices of certain plants.(Archaic)
  2. Sharpness or severity, as of language or temper; irritating bitterness of disposition or manners."John the Baptist set himself with much acrimony and indignation to baffle this senseless arrogant conceit of theirs." [South.]
    synonyms: Acrimony Asperity Harshness Tartness.
    "In his official letters he expressed, with great acrimony, his contempt for the king's character." [Macaulay.]"It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received." [Johnson.]"A just reverence of mankind prevents the growth of harshness and brutality." [Shaftesbury.]

Usage: These words express different degrees of angry feeling or language. Asperity and harshness arise from angry feelings, connected with a disregard for the feelings of others. Harshness usually denotes needless severity or an undue measure of severity. Acrimony is a biting sharpness produced by an imbittered spirit. Tartness denotes slight asperity and implies some degree of intellectual readiness. Tartness of reply; harshness of accusation; acrimony of invective.

Etymology: L. acrimonia, fr. acer, sharp: cf. F. acrimonie

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  1. A rough and bitter manner

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

  1. A sharp and bitter hatred.
    Her for her neighbors manifests itself with shouting and stomping.

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Past life for Acrimony born May 8, 2003

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern India approximately on 1150. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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