a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
(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.
- amity, enmity
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How to use enmity in a sentence
This is a comment that usually earns my quiet and undying enmity.
And, while there are paths out of this predicament, this amplified disagreement is emblematic of the dangers the debt ceiling presents to our political system, especially when partisan enmity is so high.The Debt Ceiling Is Dangerous. Here’s Why It Probably Isn’t Going Anywhere. | Geoffrey Skelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) | October 7, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
This earned her the enmity of progressives who funneled more than $5 million to the campaign of her 2020 Democratic opponent, Tedra Cobb.
Quite a burn there, considering the much-talked-about enmity between the governor and the mayor.Cuomo sidelines major media players in remote press conferences | Erik Wemple | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s long been an oasis of peace despite the civil wars in Syria and Iraq just across its borders, the bitter enmity between two of its neighbors, Israel and Syria, and the masses of refugees it hosts.Butterfly Effect: The Hidden Story Behind Jordan’s Attempted Palace ‘Coup’ | Charu Kasturi | April 6, 2021 | Ozy
Without a common enemy, the Naqshabandi and ISIS might resume their natural enmity.Saddam’s Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied With ISIS | Jacob Siegel, Christopher Dickey | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And they bristle too at the notion that they had some kind of personal enmity toward the president.
Believe what your post-hard-work-day brain will allow, but the enmity went from entrenched to fleeting in a blink of an eye.Betrayal, Blowjobs, and Bitchery: the 'Real Housewives' Get Really Desperate | Tim Teeman | March 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy.Woody Allen Fires Back: Dylan Farrow Was Brainwashed By Her Mother, Mia Farrow | Tim Teeman | February 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet the government in which Lapid serves appears tied to a notion of eternal enmity.Israeli Politicians Forbidden to Attend Rosh Hashanah Event With Abbas | Emily L. Hauser | August 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Oh, horrible thought, yet too natural to the unhappy prisoner, everywhere in fear of enmity and fraud!My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
British Dictionary definitions for enmity
a feeling of hostility or ill will, as between enemies; antagonism
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