Meanings of Acrimony

By | November 23, 2019

Acrimony designates the quality of acrid, sour. Etymologically, it comes from the Latin acritūdo, which translates ‘quality of acre’. In this sense, synonyms for acrimony are acidity, hardness, rudeness, roughness, irony or bite.

Acrimony can refer to the bitter, rough or spicy condition of things, especially when we appreciate them with the sense of taste or smell: “I don’t like the acidity of those garlic.”

By extension, acrimony also goes on to designate rudeness or roughness in the deal, language or character: “Customs agents can save the acrimony in the deal.”

In our everyday language, expressing that we say something “without acrimony” is usual to emphasize that we are making a value judgment objectively and without offense: “It seems to me that you could try a little harder: I say it without acrimony”.

Acrimony in metals

The sourness is a mechanical property acquired by metals as a result of the cold deformation, also known as process hardening, increasing its hardness, brittleness and strength, but makes lose, the same time, its ductility or malleability. In fact, materials with high acidity are also called citrus fruits.

Annealing against acrimony

The annealing against acidity is a heat treatment of metals whose objective is to return to the metal, which has undergone a cold deformation, characteristics such as plasticity, ductility, toughness, in addition to eliminating internal stresses, all of which results in The metal recovers conditions to be worked again. It is a process that has three phases: heat the material to annealing temperature, keep it at that temperature for a certain period of time, and finally let it cool slowly and gradually.