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noun, plural en·mi·ties.
  1. a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
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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
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noun plural -ties
  1. a feeling of hostility or ill will, as between enemies; antagonism
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Word Origin

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


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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