V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a state of friendship; 2. a cordial and friendly disposition

Synonyms: goodwill, benevolence, friendliness, harmony, accord

Antonyms: enmity, hostility, animosity

Tips: Amity is derived from the Latin amicus, "friend." Amity is the state of being friendly. It is a more sophisticated way of saying goodwill, friendliness, or harmony. Amity is the opposite of enmity. Ami, from amity, is the Latin root for "friend" and enmity sounds like "enemy," So remember, amity (friendly) is the opposite of enmity.

Usage Examples:

There had always been amity between the two nations, until one decided to reevaluate the trade agreement. (goodwill, friendliness)

George and his roommates lived together in amity, never fighting or even arguing. (harmony, accord)

The amity between the families kept them close, even once the children had grown up and moved away. (friendship)

What a different tale Romeo and Juliet would have been had their families been joined by amity instead of enmity. (friendship, benevolence)

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