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I was afraid she would be angry, but she responded without a hint of animosity.
  hostile feeling
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When referring to long-standing animosity, if the audience is uses an expanded vocabulary, consider using the word "enmity".
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  • I was afraid she would be angry, but she responded without a hint of animosity.
  • Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ...a look of animosity appeared on his face...
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Don’t arouse this man’s animosity.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf

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  • This indifferent, if not hostile, attitude on William’s part made it impossible to break off without animosity...
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • You seem to think that I have some animosity against young Mr. Tom; whereas I have none at all.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Hard Times
  • None of them, not even Buckingham, seemed to feel any personal animosity toward me.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Lost Continent
  • Not because she’s older than I thought or because of her fierce animosity, but because on her neck, I see a tattoo of a closed fist raised high with a flame behind it.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Why was there so much animosity in the world?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • There would be more distrust, more animosity, and more injustice.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • The old king, however, who knew nothing of his sons’ animosity, was very happy in the twilight of his reign and spent his days quietly walking and contemplating in the royal gardens.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • These tensions and animosities would brew and simmer for many decades, and eventually they would result in urban unrest on a grand scale in the twentieth century.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Fortunately the animosity lasted only a few days out of the year, and generally in Narewka, Jews and gentiles existed peacefully alongside each other.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I save my personal animosity for important people.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • My brother, Asher, and I used to bicker with the best of them, but our animosity threshold was several levels lower than theirs.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • 20 An Ohio captain serving with West Virginia Unionists expressed awe at their animosity toward Rebels.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I said that despite your profound animosity toward the South, you at least retained a little sense of humor about it, unlike many people.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • More animosity?
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • When the door shuts behind Maven, leaving me with Cal, I can’t help but feel a little less animosity toward the princes.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • When she wrote about that night, she held no animosity toward Rosa Hubermann at all, or toward her mother for that matter.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Farid gave me another dismissive look, this one with a hint of barely suppressed animosity, and went back to smoking his cigarette.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Prince Andrew did neither: a look of animosity appeared on his face and the other turned away and went down the side of the corridor.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There was an unfriendly feel in the air, an animosity that resisted intruders.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • She thrust it away again, but with less animosity.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He resented Mrs. Cruncher’s saying grace with particular animosity.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The animosity Clayton felt for him was dangerous and unpredictable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Snape had disliked all of their previous Dark Arts teachers, and shown it — but he seemed strangely wary of displaying overt animosity to Mad-Eye Moody.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • When he turned to his teammates, he encountered a reef of curious, reflective faces all gazing at him woodenly with morose and inscrutable animosity.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • There was no longer a centre; everywhere there was competition and animosity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Had the animosity erupted again?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He accepted her animosity with equanimity; it was to be expected, considering her loss.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Immediately eight swords glittered in the rays of the setting sun, and the combat began with an animosity very natural between men twice enemies.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Two rangy shepherd dogs trotted up pleasantly, until they caught the scent of strangers, and then they backed cautiously away, watchful, their tails moving slowly and tentatively in the air, but their eyes and noses quick for animosity or danger.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The animosities between these two parties run so high, that they will neither eat, nor drink, nor talk with each other.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The warm-blooded controversy had raged for fifteen years, before a new perception of dinosaurs as quick-moving, active animals was acecpted-but not without lasting animosities.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I sense in him none of the animosity I used to sense in men, even in Luke sometimes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • These two groups were obliged to work side by side in the war plants, and their animosities festered and opened like boils on the face of the city.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • In the only place where she was known she was surrounded by indifference or animosity; and what chance had she, inexperienced and untrained, among the million bread-seekers of the cities?
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • They were altogether when I thus talked to them; and before I delivered to them the stores I brought, I asked them, one by one, if they had entirely forgot their first animosities, would engage in the strictest friendship; and shake hands with one another?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I looked through the window to see a pleasant young man who showed no hint of animosity.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Then, in darting at the monster, knife in hand, he had but given loose to a sudden, passionate, corporal animosity; and when he received the stroke that tore him, he probably but felt the agonizing bodily laceration, but nothing more.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Jacob didn’t like the reminder; the pain in his eyes hardened into animosity.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • It’s to cover the business empire over many decades, but it will also discuss why the empire is in difficulty and it will touch on the animosity that exists within the family.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The sight of that happy possessive gesture had aroused in Scarlett all the jealous animosity which had slumbered during the months when she had thought Ashley probably dead.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • My brief burst of animosity, lasting only a second, a part of a second, something which came before I could recognize it and was gone before I knew it had possessed me, what was that in the midst of this holocaust?
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • For anything I knew, his animosity towards the man might otherwise lead to his seeking him out and rushing on his own destruction.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He had done this with so much unrelenting animosity that the inscription, ~Eduensis episcopus~, had become almost effaced.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I swore to her, if ever it crossed my path, to hunt it down; never to let it rest; to pursue it with the bitterest and most unrelenting animosity; to vent upon it the hatred that I deeply felt, and to spit upon the empty vaunt of that insulting will by draggin it, if I could, to the very gallows-foot.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had experienced the beginning of contempt, but now the childhood fear and respect and animosity came back to him, so that he seemed a little boy testing his father’s immediate mood to escape trouble.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
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