[ih-nim-i-kuh l or ih-nim-i-kuh-buh l]
- adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health.
- unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze.
Origin of inimical
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1. noxious. 2. antagonistic. See hostile.
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Examples from the Web for inimical
Wealth is not inimical to welfare; it ought to be its friendliest agency.
When Pausanias remarks that personal attachments are inimical to despots.Symposium
"You appear to be inimical to money," the Angel interjected, with a penetrating look.Another Sheaf
That order of feeling was comprehensible enough to the most inimical of my critics.Some Reminiscences
Grimness was in every feature, and to its very bowels the inimical shape was desolation.A Pair of Blue Eyes
- adverse or unfavourable
- not friendly; hostile
C17: from Late Latin inimīcālis, from inimīcus, from in- 1 + amīcus friendly; see enemy
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Word Origin and History for inimical
1640s, from Late Latin inimicalis "hostile," from Latin inimicus "unfriendly, an enemy" (see enemy).
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