Animosity (n.) is hatred. If your (supposed) best buddy embarrasses you in front of a big crowd, your friendship could turn into animosity.

  • Pronunciation: / 'ænə'mɑsəti/
  • English description: a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
  • Synonyms: animus
  • Chinese Translation:  憎恶(zeng4 wu4)
  • Spanish Translation: la animosidad
  • ORIGIN: Animosity comes from the Latin word animus, meaning "spirit" or "mind." That's also the root of the word animated — literally, "full of spirit." So how did animosity get so negative? Over the centuries, the original meaning of "high spirits" soured into "hatred." Today we most often speak of animosity toward, between, among, or against people. Keeping your animosity in check might make steam come out your ears.


  • And taking a broader look at the history of migration in the region can help us understand that animosity.
  • After a long period of animosity, Mr. Erdogan has courted the military in recent years amid rising risks to Turkey’s security.

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