Definition of animosity in English:



  • [mass noun] Strong hostility:

    ‘he no longer felt any animosity towards her’
    • ‘It was also a call to shun violence and animosity and to promote universal love and understanding.’
    • ‘They still saw each other occasionally and the relationship came to an end without much anger or animosity.’
    • ‘The visit heralds the restoration of diplomatic ties after decades of political animosity.’
    • ‘Mr Collins told the court he knew there was animosity between families in the street over children playing football.’
    • ‘They had faced no animosity before, except the protest a day earlier.’
    • ‘Pam says the people are lovely and you encounter very little public animosity about the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘To feel animosity for the country as he defines it would indeed be an indication of envy and resentment.’
    • ‘He is a gentleman and while we were on opposite sides, there was no animosity.’
    • ‘The history of the recent animosity between the two sides is well documented.’
    • ‘This caused a great deal of animosity between my friend and I, and I have not seen him since, unfortunately.’
    • ‘She said she bore no animosity towards her stepson Gordon for what had happened.’
    • ‘He insists he has no animosity towards ordinary Catholic people or nationalists.’
    • ‘But there is pressure for him to step aside now to clear the air of animosity that hangs over the agency.’
    • ‘The animosity at the time was directed at the principle, rather than the particular person.’
    • ‘Yet in spite of this long animosity, Confucianism and Buddhism unite in refusing to take positive law very seriously.’
    • ‘Wilful misinterpretation of the law has bred animosity and resentment towards disabled people.’
    • ‘Berlusconi has had to overcome considerable personal animosity towards Chirac to offer him his support.’
    • ‘Cynics argue that the space race was merely an expression of cold-war animosity.’
    • ‘There is strong animosity between the two groups and each has its own culture and traditions.’
    • ‘They say there has been no animosity between them and local Kurds for decades.’
    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
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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.