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animosity

animosity

noun an·i·mos·i·ty \ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē\

: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred

plural an·i·mos·i·ties

Full Definition of ANIMOSITY

:  ill will or resentment tending toward active hostility :  an antagonistic attitude

Examples of ANIMOSITY

  1. We put aside our personal animosities so that we could work together.
  2. <his open animosity towards us made our meeting very uncomfortable>
  3. Few rivalries can match that of the Cards and Cubs in terms of history, color and animosity. Things are tense in an off year, but in 2003 the teams are at the top of the National League Central division (along with the Houston Astros), separated by a half-game. —John Grisham, New York Times Book Review, 1 May 2005

Origin of ANIMOSITY

Middle English animosite, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French animosité, from Late Latin animositat-, animositas, from Latin animosus spirited, from animus
First Known Use: 1605

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