American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred.
- n. A hostile feeling or act. See Synonyms at enmity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Animation; courage; spiritedness.
- n. Active enmity; hatred or ill-will which manifests itself in active opposition.
- n. Synonyms Animosity, Ill-will, Enmity, Malice, Hostility, Hatred, Hate, Malevolence, Malignity, Rancor, Grudge, Spite. These words differ from those described under acrimony, anger, and antipathy (which see) in that they represent deeper feelings or more permanent passions. Ill-will may represent the minimum of feeling, being a willing or wishing of ill to another, generally without disposition to be active in bringing the evil about. Enmity is a somewhat stronger feeling, and it often gratifies itself in trifling and cowardly ways. Animosity is more intense than enmity; it is avowed and active, and what it does is more serious than the covert attacks of enmity or the hasty attacks of spite. Malice is pure badness of heart, delighting in harm to others for its own sake. Hostility is less passionate than animosity, but not less avowed or active, being a state of mind inclining one to aggressive warfare. Hatred and hate are the general words to cover all these feelings; they may also be ultimate, expressing the concentration of the whole nature in an intense ill-will. Malevolence is more casual and temporary than malice, arising upon occasion furnished, and characterized by a wish that evil may befall another rather than by an intention to injure. Malignity is malice intensified; it is hatred in its aspect of destructiveness or desire to strike at the most vital interests of another. Rancor is hatred or malice turned sour or bitter; it is implacable in its vindictiveness. A grudge is a feeling of sullen ill-will or enmity, caused by a trifling wrong, and likely to be appeased when it has spent itself in a similar return against the offender. Spite is sudden, resentful, and generally quite as well pleased to mortify as to damage another; it may be as strong as malice or as weak as pique.
- n. In Spinoza's philosophy, the desire by which each man endeavors to preserve his own being after the guidance of reason alone; or, as sometimes interpreted, the steadfast and intelligent purpose to promote one's own welfare.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Mere spiritedness or courage.
- n. Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.
- n. a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
- From French animosité, from Latin animositas ("courage, spirit, vehemence"), from animosus, from animus ("courage, spirit, mind"); see animose, animate, transitive verb (Wiktionary)
- Middle English animosite, from Old French, from Late Latin animōsitās, courage, from Latin animōsus, bold, from animus, soul, spirit; see anə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This animosity is based on fear of a Bible believing Christian aspiring to political office.”
“And in "The Twisted Sisterhood," Valen argues convincingly that such animosity is pervasive and has lasting consequences.”
“I ended up bringing a lot of friends home with me on vacations because it was an opportunity to travel out of the Midwest and a lot of people I met had never been to Washington, D.C. Do you think some of this animosity comes from the fact that Wisconsinites are known as cheeseheads and most Jewish girls are at least a little-bit lactose intolerant?”
“Some of the animosity is personal: Republicans in both chambers and K Street attorneys say Jackson and her staff are too dismissive of opposing views and other stakeholders.”
“Punishing someone for "ethnic animosity" is pretty vague.”
“These people who cross over to vote for Clinton are only doing so because there is built-in animosity and vitriol against her for a large portion of the population.”
“Anyone who does not think twice about a candidate who inspires such hatred and animosity is working on auto pilot instead of logical thought processes.”
“As a group, the Russians encountered deep animosity from the French.”
“What I took issue with is the idea that this animosity translates into votes; normally it does not.”
“There's long-term animosity between the Clintons and Dean, beginning with his run for the presidency as "representing the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party" (vs. their wing, the DLC).”
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