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enemy

[ en-uh-mee ]
/ ˈɛn ə mi /
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noun, plural en·e·mies.
adjective
belonging to a hostile power or to any of its nationals: enemy property.
Obsolete. inimical; ill-disposed.
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Origin of enemy

First recorded in 1300–1350; Middle English enemi, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin inimicus “unfriendly,” equivalent to in- in-3 + amicus “friendly, friend”; see amicable

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1. Enemy, foe refer to a dangerous public or personal adversary. Enemy emphasizes the idea of hostility: to overcome the enemy; a bitter enemy. Foe, a more literary word, may be used interchangeably with enemy, but emphasizes somewhat more the danger to be feared from such a one: deadly foe; arch foe of humankind ( the Devil ).

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OTHER WORDS FROM enemy

non·en·e·my, noun, plural non·en·e·mies.
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British Dictionary definitions for enemy

enemy
/ (ˈɛnəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
a person hostile or opposed to a policy, cause, person, or group, esp one who actively tries to do damage; opponent
  1. an armed adversary; opposing military force
  2. (as modifier)enemy aircraft
  1. a hostile nation or people
  2. (as modifier)an enemy alien
something that harms or opposes; adversarycourage is the enemy of failure

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Related adjective: inimical

Word Origin for enemy

C13: from Old French enemi, from Latin inimīcus hostile, from in- 1 + amīcus friend
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