noun (plural animosities)[mass noun]
- Strong hostility: he no longer felt any animosity towards herMore example sentences
antipathy, hostility, friction, antagonism, enmity, animus, opposition, aversion, acrimony, bitterness, rancour, resentment, dislike, ill feeling, bad feeling, ill will, bad blood, hatred, hate, loathing, detestation, abhorrence, odium; malice, spite, spitefulness, venom, malevolence, malignity; grudges, grievances• archaic disrelish
- 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 animosite or late Latin animositas, from animosus 'spirited', from Latin animus 'spirit, mind'. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.