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[en-mi-tee] /ˈɛn mɪ ti/
noun, plural enmities.
a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
Origin of enmity
1250-1300; Middle English enemite < Middle French; Old French enemiste < Vulgar Latin *inimīcitāt- (stem of *inimīcitās), equivalent to Latin inimīc(us) enemy + -itāt- -ity
Can be confused
amity, enmity.
malice, acrimony, rancor. Unabridged
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  • So long as the consuls were at enmity, little would be done!

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • It had a theory of affection in the former case and of enmity in the latter.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • If a paper prints a line about him its his enemy, and it dont pay to have the enmity of a man worth nearly a hundred millions.

  • He can afford me no protection against the enmity of the brothers.

  • "Yes, but they ought not to let their enmity stand between us in a time like this," said Jack.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for enmity


noun (pl) -ties
a feeling of hostility or ill will, as between enemies; antagonism
Word Origin
C13: from Old French enemistié, from enemienemy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enmity

late 14c., from Old French enemistié "enmity, hostile act, aversion," from Vulgar Latin *inimicitatem (nominative *inimicitas), from Latin inimicitia "enmity, hostility," from inimicus "enemy" (see enemy). Related: Enmities.

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