Definition of animosity in English:


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

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.


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.

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