noun, plural en·e·mies.
Origin of enemy
Examples from the Web for enemy
It was followed by several told-you-so articles with titles like “Have No Illusion: Islam Is the Enemy.”
In “Steal This Episode,” the filmmaker denounces Homer Simpson as an “enemy of art.”Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Do not use complaints, courts and lawyers to beat and to silence the enemy,” the NOA activists wrote.
In the event, the enemy did plenty—far more than SHAEF, or for that matter the German high command, imagined possible.
That means it could take several missile shots to kill an enemy fighter, even for an advanced stealth aircraft like the Raptor.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The enemy immediately withdrew, and never appeared again in 1917 in this neighbourhood.The Crisis of the Naval War|John Rushworth Jellicoe
Once more it was shown how weak an arm is artillery against an enemy who lies in shelter.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
The cardinal wanted a benefice for one of his followers, and the Pope wished to get his son's enemy once more into his power.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3|John Addington Symonds
On the 6th the enemy occupied Hagerstown, moving a strong column toward Frederick City.Campaign of the Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers|J. Newton Terrill
Captain Langdon being of the same opinion, the signal was thrown out to make all sail to close the enemy.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
noun plural -mies
- an armed adversary; opposing military force
- (as modifier)enemy aircraft
- a hostile nation or people
- (as modifier)an enemy alien
Word Origin for enemy
early 13c., from Old French enemi (12c.), earlier inimi (9c.) "enemy, adversary, foe, demon, the Devil," from Latin inimicus "hostile, unfriendly; an enemy" (source of Italian nemico, Catalan enamic, Spanish enemigo, Portuguese inimigo), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + amicus "friend" related to amare "to love" (see Amy).
Most words for "personal enemy" cover also "enemy in war," but certain languages have special terms for the latter, e.g. Greek polemioi (distinct from ekhthroi), Latin hostis, originally "stranger" (distinct from inimicus), Russian neprijatel' (distinct from vrag).
Russian vrag (Old Church Slavonic vragu) is cognate with Lithuanian vargas "misery" (see urge), and probably is related to Proto-Germanic *wargoz, source of Old Norse vargr "outlaw," hence "wolf;" Icelandic vargur "fox," Old English wearg "criminal, felon;" which likely were the inspirations for J.R.R. Tolkien's warg "a kind of large ferocious wolf" in "The Hobbit" (1937) and "Lord of the Rings." Related: Enemies.