acrimony (n.) 1540s, "quality of being acrid," from M.Fr. acrimonie or directly from L. acrimonia "sharpness, pungency of taste," figuratively "acrimony, severity, energy," from acer "sharp" (fem. acris, neut. acre; see ACRID (Cf. acrid)) + -monia suffix of action, state, condition. Figurative extension to "sharpness of temper" is first recorded 1610s.

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