Definition of animosity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌænɪˈmɒsəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌænɪˈmɑːsəti//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. animosities)
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a strong feeling of opposition, anger or hatred synonym hostility animosity (toward(s) somebody/something) He felt no animosity towards his critics. animosity (between A and B) personal animosities between members of the two groups Word Originlate 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 cent.Extra examples I feel no animosity towards/​toward the military. The two rivals for party leadership insist that there is no animosity between them. They managed to discuss their past disagreements without animosity. the animosity of some locals towards asylum seekers Personal animosities between the leaders have made negotiations difficult.
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