Definition of animosity in English:



mass noun
  • Strong hostility.

    ‘he no longer felt any animosity towards her’
    • ‘The history of the recent animosity between the two sides is well documented.’
    • ‘He insists he has no animosity towards ordinary Catholic people or nationalists.’
    • ‘Pam says the people are lovely and you encounter very little public animosity about the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘They say there has been no animosity between them and local Kurds for decades.’
    • ‘Mr Collins told the court he knew there was animosity between families in the street over children playing football.’
    • ‘Wilful misinterpretation of the law has bred animosity and resentment towards disabled people.’
    • ‘The visit heralds the restoration of diplomatic ties after decades of political animosity.’
    • ‘They had faced no animosity before, except the protest a day earlier.’
    • ‘Berlusconi has had to overcome considerable personal animosity towards Chirac to offer him his support.’
    • ‘She said she bore no animosity towards her stepson Gordon for what had happened.’
    • ‘To feel animosity for the country as he defines it would indeed be an indication of envy and resentment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is strong animosity between the two groups and each has its own culture and traditions.’
    • ‘But there is pressure for him to step aside now to clear the air of animosity that hangs over the agency.’
    • ‘This caused a great deal of animosity between my friend and I, and I have not seen him since, unfortunately.’
    • ‘He is a gentleman and while we were on opposite sides, there was no animosity.’
    • ‘Yet in spite of this long animosity, Confucianism and Buddhism unite in refusing to take positive law very seriously.’
    • ‘The animosity at the time was directed at the principle, rather than the particular person.’
    • ‘Cynics argue that the space race was merely an expression of cold-war animosity.’
    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.