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 animositiesMore example sentences
- 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.