animosity

noun
an·​i·​mos·​i·​ty | \ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē \
plural animosities

Definition of animosity 

: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred : ill will or resentment tending toward active hostility : an antagonistic attitude

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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

Where Does the Word animosity Come From?

The important Latin word animus (very closely related to anima) could mean a great many things having to do with the soul and the emotions, one of them being "anger". As an English word, animus has generally meant "ill will", so it isn't mysterious that animosity means basically the same thing. Animosity can exist between two people, two groups or organizations, or two countries, and can sometimes lie hidden for years before reappearing. The deep animosities that exist between certain ethnic and religious groups sometimes seem as if they will last forever.

Examples of animosity in a Sentence

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 As I get older, I have noticed the troubles many of my friends have with their fathers: the animosities and disappointments, held so long in the arrears of late adolescence, suddenly coming up due on both ends. But my father and I, if anything, have gotten closer, even as I understand him less and less. — Tom Bissell, Harper's, December 2004 What I did not anticipate, however, was the depth of animosity that had been simmering among the teachers beneath the pleasantries that characterized our public, formal encounters. I discovered that my enthusiastic advocacy for whole language was received by traditional teachers as demeaning, insulting attacks. — Elaine Garan, Language Arts, September 1998 We put aside our personal animosities so that we could work together. his open animosity towards us made our meeting very uncomfortable
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The fighting has become a predictable cycle of violence as the region convulses with decades-old animosities over Kashmir, where rebel groups demand that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country. Fox News, "India says Pakistan firing kills 4 soldiers in Kashmir," 12 June 2018 The North-South rapprochement has exposed a rift in Tokyo’s and Seoul’s approach to Pyongyang, and this may worsen the lingering animosity over history that has long hampered the two U.S. allies’ ability to work together. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "North Korea Should Be Kept ‘Under Siege,’ Japanese Politician Says," 14 Feb. 2018 This is a league built on simmering feuds, animosities, jealousies, hyper-sensitivity, theatrical swagger and bluster, chest-pounding and self-promotion. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 There’s no animosity between him and his family members over his sexuality. Alim Kheraj, GQ, "Nakhane Is No Longer Living in Fear," 21 Mar. 2018 Clearly there was a lot of animosity between Jordan and David. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Even before the latest violence, animosity and distrust have run deep on both sides of the Israeli-Gazan border. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid Israel-Gaza violence, a personal drive to preserve humanity and hope," 23 May 2018 But Pennsylvania still maintains a light-blue tinge, especially in 2018 with animosity toward Trump animating Democratic voters, and Casey should be considered the favorite to win the fall election. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lou Barletta wins Republican nomination in the 2018 Pennsylvania Senate race," 16 May 2018 One of the best things about sports is that when the practices start almost all of the animosity and cultural and racial differences are forgotten because winning takes precedence over almost anything else. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston: Ravens' Flacco takes the right stance in quarterback debate," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of animosity

1568, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animosity

Middle English animosite, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French animosité, from Late Latin animositat-, animositas, from Latin animosus spirited, from animus — see animus

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animosity

noun
an·​i·​mos·​i·​ty | \ˌa-nə-ˈmä-sə-tē \
plural animosities

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