enemy

[ en-uh-mee ]
/ ˈɛn ə mi /

noun, plural en·e·mies.

adjective

belonging to a hostile power or to any of its nationals: enemy property.
Obsolete. inimical; ill-disposed.

Nearby words

  1. endymion,
  2. endysis,
  3. ene,
  4. enea,
  5. enema,
  6. enemy alien,
  7. eneolithic,
  8. energetic,
  9. energetics,
  10. energid

Origin of enemy

1250–1300; Middle English enemi < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin inimicus unfriendly, equivalent to in- in-3 + amicus friendly, friend; see amicable

SYNONYMS FOR enemy
1. antagonist. 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 ).

Related formsnon·en·e·my, noun, plural non·en·e·mies.

Usage note


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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
Related formsRelated adjective: inimical

Word Origin for enemy

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

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Word Origin and History for enemy

enemy

n.
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