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Animosity vs. Hostility — What's the Difference?

Animosity vs. Hostility — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Animosity and Hostility

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Animosity

Bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred.

Hostility

Hostility is seen as form of emotionally charged aggressive behavior. In everyday speech it is more commonly used as a synonym for anger and aggression.

Animosity

A hostile feeling or act.

Hostility

The state of being hostile; antagonism or enmity.

Animosity

Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.
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Hostility

A hostile act.

Animosity

Mere spiritedness or courage.
Such as give some proof of animosity, audacity, and execution, those she [the crocodile] loveth.

Hostility

Hostilities Acts of war; overt warfare.

Animosity

Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.
Such [writings] as naturally conduce to inflame hatreds and make enmities irreconcilable.
[These] factions . . . never suspended their animosities till they ruined that unhappy government.

Hostility

(uncountable) The state of being hostile.
My resentment and anger towards you caused hostility and a division between us.

Animosity

A feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

Hostility

(countable) A hostile action, especially a military action. See hostilities for specific plural definition.

Hostility

State of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity.
Hostility being thus suspended with France.

Hostility

An act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy. See hostilities
He who proceeds to wanton hostility, often provokes an enemy where he might have a friend.

Hostility

A hostile (very unfriendly) disposition;
He could not conceal his hostility

Hostility

A state of deep-seated ill-will

Hostility

The feeling of a hostile person;
He could no longer contain his hostility

Hostility

Violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

Hostility

Acts of overt warfare;
The outbreak of hostilities

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