- Word History, Word Explorer
The Latin word for "breath" or "spirit" was anima
. Another Latin word, animositatem
, was formed from anima
and meant "full of spirit" or "lively." The English word animosity
comes from these words. In the English spoken in the 1400s, "animosity" meant "liveliness, strength, or courage." Since then, its meaning has changed. "Animosity" is now a word for ill will or strong dislike.