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an·i·mos·i·ty

animosity

 
pronunciation:
ae n ma sih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: animosities
definition: strong dislike or behavior that shows strong dislike.
It is true that dogs and cats show animosity toward each other.
synonyms:
antagonism, hostility, ill will
antonyms:
friendship, good will
similar words:
anger, grudge, hatred, malice, spite
Word History
The Latin word for "breath" or "spirit" was anima. Another Latin word, animositatem, was formed from anima and meant "full of spirit" or "lively." The English word animosity comes from these words. In the English spoken in the 1400s, "animosity" meant "liveliness, strength, or courage." Since then, its meaning has changed. "Animosity" is now a word for ill will or strong dislike.
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The word animosity contains the following part:
-osity Latin noun-forming suffix that means state or condition of
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Most adjectives ending in "-ous," or "-ose1" can combine with "-ity" to form nouns ending in -osity .
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