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or inimicable

[ih-nim-i-kuh l or ih-nim-i-kuh-buh l] /ɪˈnɪm ɪ kəl or ɪˈnɪm ɪ kə bəl/
adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful:
a climate inimical to health.
unfriendly; hostile:
a cold, inimical gaze.
Origin of inimical
1635-45; < Latin inimīc(us) unfriendly, hostile (see enemy) + -al1
Related forms
inimically, adverb
inimicalness, inimicality, noun
uninimical, adjective
uninimically, adverb
Can be confused
inimical, inimitable.
1. noxious. 2. antagonistic. See hostile.
2. friendly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Only the inimical man opposite to me seemed to ignore the stir.

    The Ghost Arnold Bennett
  • And it was that minute—that unsuitable, inimical minute—that I heard some one move!

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • There is a general impression in England, that the people of the United States are inimical to the parent country.

  • It was furtive, a distortion of life's facts and inimical therefore to life.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • And these others with grey heads who are calling each other friend, though they appear to be inimical?

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • They could not think of other surroundings as separate or inimical.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
  • But this intrusion was not necessarily of inimical significance, he argued.

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • Of all the tribes I believe the Sioux to be the most inimical to the Americans.

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • It contained a list of all those persons whom he deemed friendly, or inimical to himself.

  • He felt at the present time, moreover, that he was inimical to his mother and her interests.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
British Dictionary definitions for inimical


adverse or unfavourable
not friendly; hostile
Derived Forms
inimically, adverb
inimicalness, inimicality, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin inimīcālis, from inimīcus, from in-1 + amīcus friendly; see enemy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inimical

1640s, from Late Latin inimicalis "hostile," from Latin inimicus "unfriendly, an enemy" (see enemy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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