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


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

Synonym Discussion of ANIMOSITY

enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed <an unspoken enmity>. hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression <hostility between the two nations>. antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility <a natural antipathy for self-seekers> <antagonism between the brothers>. animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility <animosity that led to revenge>. rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong <rancor filled every line of his letters>. animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice <objections devoid of personal animus>.
ANIMOSITY Defined for Kids


noun an·i·mos·i·ty \ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē\
plural an·i·mos·i·ties

Definition of ANIMOSITY for Kids


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