Why was clemency trending last week?


[an-uh-mos-i-tee] /ˌæn əˈmɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural animosities.
a feeling of strong dislike, ill will, or enmity that tends to display itself in action:
a deep-seated animosity between two sisters; animosity against one's neighbor.
Origin of animosity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English animosite (< Middle French) < Late Latin animōsitās. See animus, -ose1, -ity
hostility, unfriendliness, opposition, antagonism, animus, hatred. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for animosity
  • Ranchers' historic animosity toward a predator like the jaguar doesn't dissipate easily.
  • Some of the mutual animosity has thawed over the years.
  • He refuses to be bitter, holds no animosity and is just as upbeat as he's always been.
  • And when anyone reaches success quickly, as I have, there's a lot of animosity and a lot of jealousy and a lot of questions.
  • The relationship between the former collaborators has deteriorated into barely veiled animosity.
  • We control our animosity through music.
  • Though I bear no animosity toward her, that bridge was burned.
  • The rightful focus for students' animosity is the professor, not other students.
  • In the past, I felt some animosity, like they wanted to kill me.
  • Certainly it would eliminate some animosity between the countries- however slight.
British Dictionary definitions for animosity


noun (pl) -ties
a powerful and active dislike or hostility; enmity
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin animōsitās, from Latin animōsus spirited, from animus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for animosity

early 15c., "vigor," from Middle French animosité (14c.) or directly from Latin animositatem (nominative animositas) "boldness, vehemence," from animosus "bold, spirited," from animus (see animus). Sense of "hostile feeling" is first recorded c.1600, from a secondary sense in Latin (see animus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for animosity

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for animosity

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with animosity