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3 definitions found
 for Animosity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Animosity \An`i*mos"i*ty\, n.; pl. Animosities. [F.
     animosit['e], fr. L. animositas. See Animose, Animate, v.
     t.]
     1. Mere spiritedness or courage. [Obs.] --Skelton.
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              Such as give some proof of animosity, audacity, and
              execution, those she [the crocodile] loveth.
                                                    --Holland.
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     2. Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active
        enmity; energetic dislike. --Macaulay.
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     Syn: Enmity; hatred; opposition. -- Animosity, Enmity.
          Enmity be dormant or concealed; animosity is active
          enmity, inflamed by collision and mutual injury between
          opposing parties. The animosities which were continually
          springing up among the clans in Scotland kept that
          kingdom in a state of turmoil and bloodshed for
          successive ages. The animosities which have been
          engendered among Christian sects have always been the
          reproach of the church.
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                Such [writings] as naturally conduce to inflame
                hatreds and make enmities irreconcilable.
                                                    --Spectator.
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                [These] factions . . . never suspended their
                animosities till they ruined that unhappy
                government.                         --Hume.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  animosity
      n 1: a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility [syn:
           animosity, animus, bad blood]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "animosity":
     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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