inimical

or in·im·i·ca·ble

[ih-nim-i-kuhl or ih-nim-i-kuh-buhl]
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adjective
  1. adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health.
  2. unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze.

Origin of inimical

1635–45; < Latin inimīc(us) unfriendly, hostile (see enemy) + -al1
Related formsin·im·i·cal·ly, adverbin·im·i·cal·ness, in·im·i·cal·i·ty, nounun·in·im·i·cal, adjectiveun·in·im·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedinimical inimitable

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Historical Examples of inimical

  • Wealth is not inimical to welfare; it ought to be its friendliest agency.

  • When Pausanias remarks that personal attachments are inimical to despots.

  • "You appear to be inimical to money," the Angel interjected, with a penetrating look.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • That order of feeling was comprehensible enough to the most inimical of my critics.

    Some Reminiscences

    Joseph Conrad

  • Grimness was in every feature, and to its very bowels the inimical shape was desolation.


British Dictionary definitions for inimical

inimical

adjective
  1. adverse or unfavourable
  2. not friendly; hostile
Derived Formsinimically, adverbinimicalness or inimicality, noun

Word Origin for inimical

C17: from Late Latin inimīcālis, from inimīcus, from in- 1 + amīcus friendly; see enemy
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Word Origin and History for inimical
adj.

1640s, from Late Latin inimicalis "hostile," from Latin inimicus "unfriendly, an enemy" (see enemy).

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