1. [syn: animosity, animus, bad blood]
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.
1. Mere spiritedness or courage. [Obs.] --Skelton.
Such as give some proof of animosity, audacity, and
execution, those she [the crocodile] loveth.
2. Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active
enmity; energetic dislike. --Macaulay.
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.
Such [writings] as naturally conduce to inflame
hatreds and make enmities irreconcilable.
[These] factions . . . never suspended their
animosities till they ruined that unhappy
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,