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Acrimony vs Hostility - What's the difference?

acrimony | hostility |

As nouns the difference between acrimony and hostility

is that acrimony is a sharp and bitter hatred while hostility is (uncountable) the state of being hostile.




  • A sharp and bitter hatred.
  • Her acrimony for her neighbors manifests itself with shouting and stomping.
  • * 1826 , , Chapter 12
  • In her resentful mood, these expressions had been remembered with acrimony and disdain; [...].


    * animosity * bitterness * enmity * hatred * opposition


    * friendship * peace




  • (uncountable) The state of being hostile.
  • *, II.12:
  • There is no hostilitie so excellent, as that which is absolutely Christian.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 1, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Everton 0-2 Liverpool , passage=But with Goodison Park openly directing its full hostility towards Atkinson, Liverpool went ahead when Carroll turned in his first Premier League goal of the season after 70 minutes.}}
  • * 2013 September 28, (Kenan Malik), " London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
  • The polarization of wealth and the polarization of attitudes to diversity are not unrelated. A key reason for popular hostility to immigrants is that to many people, particularly within working-class communities, immigration has become a symbol of unacceptable change.
  • (countable) A hostile action, especially a military action. See hostilities for specific plural definition.
  • Synonyms

    * (state of being hostile) antagonism, opposition, enmity, animosity, antipathy, hatred * (military action) war, fighting, combat


    * (state of being hostile) amity, friendliness * (military action) peace