Tuesday, October 23, 2007
inimical adjective [ih-NIM-ih-kul] Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable.
Definitions for inimical
- Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable.
- Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; adverse.
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Citations for inimical
Here the planet under scrutiny is Venus -- a world even more inimical to human existence than Mars. With a poisonous CO2 atmosphere, hellish temperatures and atmospheric pressure 90 times that of Earth's, "a person exposed to Venus's surface . . . would flash-burn a split second before any remaining chemical residue was squashed flat."
Yeats's conflict with his father was not only about the conventional employment which J. B. Yeats believed was inimical to creative freedom.
Origin of inimical
Inimical comes from Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus, unfriendly, adverse, hostile, from in-, not + amicus, friendly, well-wishing, favorable to, from amare, to love.