inimical

[ ih-nim-i-kuhl ]
/ ɪˈnɪm ɪ kəl /

adjective

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

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Also in·im·i·ca·ble [ih-nim-i-kuh-buhl] /ɪˈnɪm ɪ kə bəl/ .

Origin of inimical

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

ANTONYMS FOR inimical

synonym study for inimical

2. See hostile.

OTHER WORDS FROM inimical

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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