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.
Contemporary Examples

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 11, 2014

For given the history of animosity and bloodshed, the most probable alternatives to partition are apartheid and Lebanonization.
Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon September 24, 2013

They were fresh faces without the baggage of two years of animosity and infighting among the opposition.
How to Take Down a President Mike Giglio July 16, 2013

The animosity between Iran and its Arab neighbors runs wide and deep.
Ahmadinejad Is No Hitler Nazee Moinian June 17, 2009

But the animosity between the community and law enforcement is nothing new.
Ferguson Shows a Nation at War With Itself Roland S. Martin August 15, 2014

Historical Examples

Checkley made reply in bold words, but still standing with hanging hands: ‘I withdraw the animosity.
The Ivory Gate, a new edition Walter Besant

And he put a remarkable amount of animosity into his guarded exclamation.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

But Elder Witham found out, somehow, that there was such a book in our house, and his animosity against it was much excited.
When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens

I shall not abandon you, and be sure their animosity cannot prevail.
The Historical Nights’ Entertainment Rafael Sabatini

I am happy to think that such people are both equally my enemies; and still more happy, that I have no animosity at either.
Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) John Hill Burton

noun (pl) -ties
a powerful and active dislike or hostility; enmity

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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