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[an-uh-mos-i-tee] /ˌæn əˈmɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural animosities.
a feeling of strong dislike, ill will, or enmity that tends to display itself in action:
a deep-seated animosity between two sisters; animosity against one's neighbor.
Origin of animosity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English animosite (< Middle French) < Late Latin animōsitās. See animus, -ose1, -ity
hostility, unfriendliness, opposition, antagonism, animus, hatred. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ties
a powerful and active dislike or hostility; enmity
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin animōsitās, from Latin animōsus spirited, from animus
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Word Origin and History for animosity

early 15c., "vigor," from Middle French animosité (14c.) or directly from Latin animositatem (nominative animositas) "boldness, vehemence," from animosus "bold, spirited," from animus (see animus). Sense of "hostile feeling" is first recorded c.1600, from a secondary sense in Latin (see animus).

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