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animosity

an·i·mos·i·ty

animosity

 
pronunciation:
ae n ma sih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: animosities
definition: strong dislike or active hostility.
No longer able to hide their animosity toward each other, they argued bitterly in front of their children.Animosity between the leaders of the two sides threatened to put an end to the negotiations.I don't enjoy the criticism, but I feel no animosity toward my critics.
synonyms:
animus, antagonism, bad blood, enmity, hostility, ill will, rancor
antonyms:
friendship, good will
similar words:
acrimony, anger, antipathy, aversion, detestation, grudge, hate, hatred, loathing, malevolence, malice, spite
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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.
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