inimical

or in·im·i·ca·ble

[ ih-nim-i-kuhl or ih-nim-i-kuh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈnɪm ɪ kəl or ɪˈnɪm ɪ kə bəl /

adjective

adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health.
unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze.

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Origin of inimical

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin inimīc(us) “unfriendly, hostile” (see enemy) + -al1

synonym study for inimical

2. See hostile.

OTHER WORDS FROM inimical

in·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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inimical

inimical , inimitable
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British Dictionary definitions for inimical

inimical
/ (ɪˈnɪmɪkəl) /

adjective

adverse or unfavourable
not friendly; hostile

Derived forms of inimical

inimically, 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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