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animosity Syllabification: an·i·mos·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈmäsədē/

Definition of animosity in English:

noun (plural animosities)

Strong hostility: he no longer felt any animosity toward her the animosity between the king and his brother the five decided to put aside their animosities
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  • There is strong animosity between the two groups and each has its own culture and traditions.
  • Wilful misinterpretation of the law has bred animosity and resentment towards disabled people.
  • Yet in spite of this long animosity, Confucianism and Buddhism unite in refusing to take positive law very seriously.
antipathy, hostility, friction, antagonism, acrimony, enmity, animus, bitterness, rancor, resentment, dislike, ill feeling/will, bad blood, hatred, hate, loathing;
malice, spite, spitefulness


Late Middle English (originally in the sense 'spirit, courage'): from Old French animosité or late Latin animositas, from animosus 'spirited', from Latin animus 'spirit, mind'. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

Words that rhyme with animosity

anfractuosity, atrocity, bellicosity, curiosity, fabulosity, ferocity, generosity, grandiosity, impecuniosity, impetuosity, jocosity, luminosity, monstrosity, nebulosity, pomposity, ponderosity, porosity, preciosity, precocity, reciprocity, religiosity, scrupulosity, sinuosity, sumptuosity, velocity, verbosity, virtuosity, viscosity
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