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 enmityhostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression.
hostility between the two nationsantipathy 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 brothersanimosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility.
animosity that led to revengerancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong.
rancor filled every line of his lettersanimus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice.
objections devoid of personal animus
Examples of rancor in a Sentence
She answered her accusers calmly and without rancor.
In the end, the debate created a degree of rancor among the committee members.
Recent Examples on the WebThe backdrop of this rancor is activist investor Macellum’s attempt to take control of Kohl’s, including replacing ten of its directors.
Sanford Stein, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The aim is to revitalize the democratic process while draining some of the rancor out of politics.
New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The deal came at a cost, though, with years of public rancor again casting both owners and players as money obsessed.
Joe Noga, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2022 The deal came at a cost, though, with years of public rancor again casting both owners and players as money obsessed.
Ronald Blum, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Mar. 2022 But more political rancor will surely attract more extremist candidates into the fold.
Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 But there is no evidence that this rancor has impacted Rogan’s position as Spotify’s golden boy.
Kate Knibbs, Wired, 27 Jan. 2022 When Elliott ran against Hill in 2020, the campaign was marked by rancor with a number of ads seeking to paint Elliott as a radical activist and militant liberal.
Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 14 Mar. 2022 In Arizona—and across the country—school boards are increasingly a site of agitation and activism, inflected with the partisan rancor of national politics.
Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2021 See More
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