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Bitter and sharp in language or tone; rancorous: an acrimonious debate between the two candidates.

ac′ri·mo′ni·ous·ly adv.
ac′ri·mo′ni·ous·ness n.
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(29) Rather his case furnishes church historians with an example of the acrimoniousness of church politics and the distress that it could generate.
Equally significant was the fact that Wordsworth's own attitude to the ordinary' reader hardened into contempt as the years of critical and popular neglect went by; Jeffrey's criticism was as much a response to the arrogance and acrimoniousness of Wordsworth - an arrogance and acrimoniousness that his own reviews had, at least in part, instigated and exacerbated - as it was a response to the poetry.