enmity

[ en-mi-tee ]
/ ˈɛn mɪ ti /

noun, plural en·mi·ties.

a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

Origin of enmity

1250–1300; Middle English enemite < Middle French; Old French enemiste < Vulgar Latin *inimīcitāt- (stem of *inimīcitās), equivalent to Latin inimīc(us) enemy + -itāt- -ity
Can be confusedamity enmity
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enmity

/ (ˈɛnmɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a feeling of hostility or ill will, as between enemies; antagonism

Word Origin for enmity

C13: from Old French enemistié, from enemi enemy
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Word Origin and History for enmity

enmity


n.

late 14c., from Old French enemistié "enmity, hostile act, aversion," from Vulgar Latin *inimicitatem (nominative *inimicitas), from Latin inimicitia "enmity, hostility," from inimicus "enemy" (see enemy). Related: Enmities.

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