My Weekly Word is Acrimony: Do You Have An Alternative Meaning?

Acrimony, even the sound it makes you think that it’s not very pleasant and when I spotted it in my thesaurus I knew I just had to have it on the blog. It was quite difficult to come up with an alternative meaning but I got there in the end and my offering this week is “The smell of freshly laundered money

This week’s word is ACRIMONY, it is a NOUN and is pronounced ‘ak-rhu-mon-ee’

Acrimony is used to mean a variety of unpleasant things like sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition. In other words it’s not particularly pleasant. It is often used within a legal context.
Examples of the word Acrimony
  • She was verbally attacked with great acrimony
  • We will refrain from using acrimony against other people in this dispute
  • Their divorce was surprisingly free of acrimony

Origins of the word Acrimony

The word acrimony was originally used around 1535–45;  and it derives from the Latin word ācrimōnia,  which is made up of ācri  (stem of ācer ) meaning sharp or sour and mōnia which is a suffix often used in Latin to denoting status, role, or function


Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International. At each meeting we have a Grammarian whose role is to encourage members to try out new words that stretch our vocabulary, as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at:

If you would like to see previous Weekly Words on this blog and try out your own alternative meanings, you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word


  1. My ex-mother in law used to say to the younger kids that there were only enough veggies for half of them – that seemed to work to make them keen to eat them 😉

  2. Your ‘money’ -related alternative is great, Linda!
    The only thing I could come up with was to combine okra, the vegetable, with moany – so that we have a moany vegetable . . . ok, poor attempt, I know, but this was tough!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: