VCR Lesson 8 Presentation

Iliana Milich

Fill in the blank with the best word from lesson 8

John's __________ toward his peers is obvious, especially when he makes rude comments about them behind their backs.
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The Word

Acrimony

n. Bitter, sharp animosity, especially in behavior or speech

Its Root

(L) acer "sharp"

(L) acerbus "bitter", "sour", "harsh"

Synonyms

resentment

hostility

animosity

Antonyms

kind

friendly

helpful

Choose the sentence that uses the bold-faced word incorrectly

A. Her acrimony for her roommate manifests itself by slamming doors and leaving a mess throughout the apartment.

B. The old lady was acrimonious towards her customers, especially the ones who did not buy anything.

C. The man was very acrimonious to the puppy, giving it lots of treats and taking it for long walks.

D. His acrimony towards his employees is obvious as he is condescending to them.

The Answer

the answer is C. Acrimonious is not used correctly in this sentence because someone who is acrimonious to a puppy would not likely include giving it treats.