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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
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Examples from the Web for inimical
Historical Examples
  • Wealth is not inimical to welfare; it ought to be its friendliest agency.

  • When Pausanias remarks that personal attachments are inimical to despots.

    Symposium Plato
  • "You appear to be inimical to money," the Angel interjected, with a penetrating look.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • That order of feeling was comprehensible enough to the most inimical of my critics.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • Grimness was in every feature, and to its very bowels the inimical shape was desolation.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • They were huge, and ugly, and alien, but they were not inimical to humans.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • She looked at him helplessly, so attractive and so inimical to her.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • They are not hostile to employers, not inimical to the interests of the general public.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • At noon a large crowd had gathered, composed of those most inimical to the strangers.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • It is not only when criticism is inimical that I object to it, but also when it is incompetent.

    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

    James McNeill Whistler
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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