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  • The meeting ended in acrimony.
  • It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time, on acrimony and division.
    Cardinal Bernardin
  • Their inflexibility had lead to increased labor-management acrimony.
  • This is a time of intense partisan acrimony in Congress.

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  • He attacked his opponent in highly acrimonious terms.
  • However, the joy of elites at bringing Europe "together" cannot hide the acrimony that has marked the enlargement negotiations.
    Marian L. Tupy  --  Making Sense Out of Russia’s Free Trade Initiative  -- 06/29/06)
  • Republicans and Democrats are bracing for an uncertain fallout that could produce more political acrimony...
    Cato Daily Dispatch  -- 06/28/06)
  • suddenly the acrimony, the conflict, was gone from their voices
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • And now there was an acrimonious madrigal, with parts sung in all quarters of the car.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Mr. Merriweather could not drive, and if their dissension reached the acrimonious, Mrs. Merriweather would stop the car and hitchhike to town.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Landers had been sleeping with a woman who’d just gone through an acrimonious divorce.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • The father had gotten very drunk and abusive; the mother had gotten very drunk and acrimonious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I took them through the mosaic that was starting to come clear: the acrimonious contest over the divorce, Joanna’s sense of being discarded, her direct access to the victims through her contacts at Saks.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • We could tell, however, when debate became more acrimonious than professional, but this was from watching lawyers other than our father.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ’Let me handle him,’ urged a hatchet-faced man with sunken acrimonious eyes and a thin, malevolent mouth.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Ufficio di Papa," the commander declared, giving Vittoria an acrimonious scowl.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Whether he kept a watch over himself, or whether by accident he did not sound the acrimonious chords that in other circumstances had been touched, he was to-night like everybody else.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The mockingbirds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Relying on bottled oxygen as an aid to ascent is a practice that’s sparked acrimonious debate ever since the British first took experimental oxygen rigs to Everest in 1921.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Too often she betrayed this, by the undue vent she gave to a spiteful antipathy she had conceived against little Adele: pushing her away with some contumelious epithet if she happened to approach her; sometimes ordering her from the room, and always treating her with coldness and acrimony.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Faultfinding being a proverbially bad hat Mr Bloom thought well to stir or try to the clotted sugar from the bottom and reflected with something approaching acrimony on the Coffee Palace and its temperance (and lucrative) work.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Kindly remember, sir’ (at these words Bazarov lifted his eyes and looked at Pavel Petrovitch), ’kindly remember, sir,’ he repeated, with acrimony—’the English aristocracy.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Aunt Penniman, however, took no account of it; she spoke even with a touch of acrimony.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Of course, he demanded his funds from me as if I were merely his banker, and thanked me with the most acrimonious words at his command; but he loathed his dependence.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Over time, the debate concerning the ANC and the party grew progressively acrimonious.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • They moved on then from tactics to logistics, and here the debate became far more acrimonious as the Council of Elders argued with Orrin’s advisers over the distribution of responsibilities between the Varden and Surda: who should pay for this or that, provide rations for laborers who worked for both groups, manage the provisions for their respective warriors, and how numerous other related subjects should be dealt with.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The inhabitants of our valley, for instance, feel that it is ’not done’ to be inhospitable to strangers, to dispute acrimoniously, or to strive for priority amongst one another.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It was a bitter campaign, the Democrats and newspapers assailing Houston with acrimonious passion, reopening old charges of Houston’s immorality and cowardice.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • During the whole term of this recess from the guardianship of the Bank, Mrs. Sparsit was a pattern of consistency; continuing to take such pity on Mr. Bounderby to his face, as is rarely taken on man, and to call his portrait a Noodle to its face, with the greatest acrimony and contempt.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Before the discussion could get acrimonious, they were accosted by the Shoenbergers and fission rapidly occurred.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • But, in after days, when the frenzy of that hideous epoch had subsided, it was remembered how loudly Colonel Pyncheon had joined in the general cry, to purge the land from witchcraft; nor did it fail to be whispered, that there was an invidious acrimony in the zeal with which he had sought the condemnation of Matthew Maule.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Farewell, my Lord, I do not wait upon ceremony, I leave as I came, forgetting all acrimony, Hoping that your present gravity Will find excuse for my humble levity.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • She was not above the inconsistency of charging fate, rather than herself, with her own misfortunes; but she inveighed so acrimoniously against love-matches that Lily would have fancied her own marriage had been of that nature, had not Mrs. Bart frequently assured her that she had been "talked into it"—by whom, she never made clear.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • But it is by no means certain that she did not feel it to be wrong that so little notice was taken of them and that her failure (really very gratuitous) to make herself important in the neighbourhood had not much to do with the acrimony of her allusions to her husband’s adopted country.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The sarcastic tone of this reply might have provoked a rather acrimonious retort from Miss Squeers, who, besides being of a constitutionally vicious temper—aggravated, just now, by travel and recent jolting—was somewhat irritated by old recollections and the failure of her own designs upon Mr Browdie; and the acrimonious retort might have led to a great many other retorts, which might have led to Heaven knows what, if the subject of conversation had not been, at that precise moment,…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • There was no acrimony, just a hollowing sadness.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Make an offering to God of your acrimony, And restore the son to his patrimony.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • I attacked the Professor with considerable acrimony, calling him foolhardy, mad, I know not what.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Accounts differ whether the meeting was amicable or acrimonious, but a compromise resulted in any event.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Tibby had better first wonder what he’ll do," retorted Helen; and that topic was resumed, but with acrimony.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Two nomadic old maids, dressed up to kill, worked acrimoniously through the bill of fare, whispering to each other with faded lips, wooden-faced and bizarre, like two sumptuous scarecrows.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The lower orders are agitated by the chance of success, they are irritated by its uncertainty; and they pass from the enthusiasm of pursuit to the exhaustion of ill-success, and lastly to the acrimony of disappointment.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "Listen to her; she has the audacity!" said Tristram, who on Sunday evenings was always rather acrimonious.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • But it is by no means certain that she did not feel it to be wrong that so little notice was taken of them and that her failure (really very gratuitous) to make herself important in the neighbourhood had not much to do with the acrimony of her allusions to her husband’s adopted country.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Also, angels don’t have parents who are going through an acrimonious divorce, the way Jean-Luc’s are, so that when they want to come visit their father—the way Jean-Luc’s taken a few weeks off from his job at the investment firm of Lazard Frères to do—they have to come all the way to France, since that’s where Jean-Luc’s dad, a Frenchman, lives.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • I don’t like to have people put on airs like that," muttered Favourite, with a good deal of acrimony.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You see, my Lord, I do not wait upon ceremony: Here I have come, forgetting all acrimony, Hoping that your present gravity Will find excuse for my humble levity Remembering all the good time past.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • But he put the question without acrimony, for he felt that Madame de Cintre’s brother was a good fellow, and he had a presentiment that on this basis of good fellowship they were destined to understand each other.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • She missed the sounds of quarreling voices that were always heard at Tara when Ellen’s back was turned, Mammy quarreling with Pork, Rosa and Teena bickering, her own acrimonious arguments with Suellen, Gerald’s bawling threats.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
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