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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 an·i·mos·i·ty /ˌænəˈmɑsəti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 An·i·mos·i·ty n.; pl. Animosities
 1. Mere spiritedness or courage. [Obs.]
    Such as give some proof of animosity, audacity, and execution, those she [the crocodile] loveth.   --Holland.
 2. Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.
 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.   --Spectator.
    [These] factions . . . never suspended their animosities till they ruined that unhappy government.   --Hume.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility [syn: animus,
           bad blood]