- The definition of animosity is strong ill will or dislike.
Two neighbors constantly fighting over a property line are an example of people who are sharing a feeling of animosity.
There's a great deal of animosity here.
animosity definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English animosite ; from Classical Latin animositas, boldness, spirit ; from animosus, spirited ; from animus: see animus
animosity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. an·i·mos·i·ties
- Bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred.
- A hostile feeling or act. See Synonyms at enmity.
Origin: 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.