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[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
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  • Checkley made reply in bold words, but still standing with hanging hands: 'I withdraw the animosity.

  • In vain the preacher sought to break down the barrier of her animosity.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • But Elder Witham found out, somehow, that there was such a book in our house, and his animosity against it was much excited.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Against the rich man, therefore, the labourers have no sort of animosity.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • I am happy to think that such people are both equally my enemies; and still more happy, that I have no animosity at either.

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
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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).

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