[ en-mi-tee ]
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noun,plural en·mi·ties.
  1. a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

  2. (in a video game) the targeting for attack of a player character by an enemy, and the circumstance-specific strength of that targeting for any particular character; hate; aggro: Your tank needs to be spamming “Provoke” at that mob to increase his enmity, or else it’s going to turn and target your mages.Use the character’s ranged attack to get enmity.

Origin of enmity

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English enemite, enmite, from Old French enemi(s)tie, from unattested Vulgar Latin inimīcitāt- (stem of inimīcitās ), equivalent to Latin inimīc(us) “(personal ) enemy” + -itāt- abstract noun suffix; see enemy, -ity

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How to use enmity in a sentence

  • Rather blow out your own brains than treat with enmity those who are your liberators.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • It is the crystallizer of character, the acid test of friendship, the final seal set upon enmity.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • In short, they are human parasites on the larger natives, who suffer from their extortions, yet fear to provoke their enmity.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • But this same nature, when pinched and starved, becomes a perfect storehouse of enmity and ill-feeling.

  • Oh, horrible thought, yet too natural to the unhappy prisoner, everywhere in fear of enmity and fraud!

British Dictionary definitions for enmity


/ (ˈɛnmɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a feeling of hostility or ill will, as between enemies; antagonism

Origin of enmity

C13: from Old French enemistié, from enemi enemy

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