Synonyms for Acrimony
acerbity, harshness, severity, tartness, asperity,
malignity, sharpness, unkindness, bitterness, moroseness, sourness, virulence,
Acerbity is a sharpness, with a touch of bitterness,
which may arise from momentary annoyance or habitual impatience.
Asperity is keener and more pronounced, denoting distinct irritation
or vexation; in speech asperity is often manifested by the tone of voice rather than by the words that
Acrimony in speech or temper is like a corrosive acid; it springs from
settled character or deeply rooted feeling of aversion or unkindness.
One might speak with momentary asperity to his child, but not with
acrimony, unless estrangement had begun.
Malignity is the extreme of settled ill intent;
virulence is an envenomed hostility. Virulence of speech is a quality in language that
makes the language seem as if exuding poison.
Virulence is outspoken; malignity may be covered with
smooth and courteous phrase.
We say intense virulence, deep malignity. Severity is
always painful, and may be terrible, but carries ordinarily the implication, true or false, of justice.
Antonyms for Acrimony
amiability, gentleness, kindness, smoothness, courtesy,
good nature, mildness, sweetness
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