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.
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How to use animosity in a sentence
One of the most toxic is racial animosity — resentment and anger that take shape as the belief that people of another race aren’t like you, can’t be trusted and don’t deserve what you deserve.
Whitsell wrote that Democrats only pursued the impeachment because of their animosity to the president and the party’s “long program” to damage any critics.
A criminal investigation found ongoing internal animosity at eBay toward the bloggers, who sometimes had been critical of eBay in their coverage.
Rivalry, animosity, and ego have long been hallmarks of the bird world.
After weeks of violent play and increasing animosity comes one of the sports world’s great shows of sportsmanship and respect.Danny Meyer wants to bring everyone to the table after a fractious election. Twitter says: Too soon. | Tim Carman | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
But the animosity between the community and law enforcement is nothing new.
Is it weird to see all the current animosity between the U.S. and Russia now?'Archer Creator Adam Reed on 'Vice,' Season 6's 'Unreboot,' and New Characters | Marlow Stern | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The result created quite a bit of “animosity and bad blood.”
It is this mindless atrocity, driven by both avarice and animosity, that is at play in the film.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’ | Jack Schwartz | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But animosity started in the1920s, with Jewish-Arab clashes.
Hilda impetuously turned her head; their glances met for an instant, in suspicion, challenge, animosity.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The animosity to the Dutch mingled itself both with the animosity to standing armies and with the animosity to Crown grants.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
animosity is resolute even in its caprices; it has few facilities for disguise and but little capacity for assumption.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
There was therefore not the same animosity in their struggle as there might have been had the religious question entered it.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
Frederick's animosity reached its highest pitch at that time, and we now know the full extent of the malady.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for animosity
a powerful and active dislike or hostility; enmity
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