AskDefine | Define animosity

Dictionary Definition

animosity n : a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility [syn: animus, bad blood]

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French animosité, from Latin animositas. See Animose, Animate, v.t.


  • WEAE /æn.əˈmɑs.ɪ.ti/


  1. Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.


  • Croatian: animozitet
  • French: animosité
  • Finnish: vihamielisyys
  • German: Animosität
  • Polish: animozja
  • Serbian: animozitet m


Extensive Definition

Animosity is a feeling of hatred arousing active hostility. It may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acerbity, acid, acidity, acidulousness, acrimony, animus, antagonism, antipathy, asperity, bad blood, bad feeling, bile, bitter feeling, bitter resentment, bitterness, bitterness of spirit, causticity, choler, contempt, detestation, disaffinity, enmity, feud, gall, gnashing of teeth, hard feelings, hardheartedness, hatred, heartburning, hostility, ill blood, ill feeling, ill will, immediate dislike, loathing, malevolence, malice, personality conflict, rancor, rankling, resentment, slow burn, soreness, sourness, spleen, vendetta, venom, virulence, vitriol
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