Definition of animosity in English:


nounPlural animosities

mass noun
  • Strong hostility.

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