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.

Nearby words

  1. inhumane,
  2. inhumanity,
  3. inhumation,
  4. inhume,
  5. inigo,
  6. inimitability,
  7. inimitable,
  8. inion,
  9. iniquitous,
  10. iniquitously

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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British Dictionary definitions for inimical

inimical

/ (ɪˈnɪmɪkəl) /

adjective

adverse or unfavourable
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

inimical

adj.

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

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