[ an-uh-mos-i-tee ]
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noun,plural an·i·mos·i·ties.
  1. 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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English animosite, from Middle French, from Late Latin animōsitāt-, stem of animōsitās “ardor, boldness, wrath,” from Latin animōs(us) “spirited” (from anim(us) animus + -ōsus -ose1 ) + -itās -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for animosity


/ (ˌænɪˈmɒsɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a powerful and active dislike or hostility; enmity

Origin of animosity

C15: from Late Latin animōsitās, from Latin animōsus spirited, from animus

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