What does animosity mean?

animosity meaning in General Dictionary

Mere spiritedness or nerve

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  • a feeling of sick might arousing energetic hostility
  • Mere spiritedness or courage.
  • Violent hatred ultimately causing energetic resistance; active enmity; energetic dislike.

animosity meaning in Etymology Dictionary

very early 15c., "vigor," from center French animosit

animosity meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) Mere spiritedness or courage.

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  • (v. t.) Violent hatred leading to active resistance; energetic enmity; energetic dislike.

Sentence Examples with the word animosity

Such was the animosity excited against the French when their excesses were known to the Mallorquins, that some of the French prisoners, conducted thither in 1810, had to be transferred with all speed to the island of Cabrera, a transference which was not effected before some of them had been killed.

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