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or in·im·i·ca·ble

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

  • In a moment, devil only knows why, Hermann and I were looking at each other most inimically.


    Joseph Conrad

  • His wife could have been inimically imagined fascinated and dwindling.

  • Why was he standing thirty feet from her and observing her inimically?

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • So inimically disposed were these monks that they stopped up the channel we drew our water from.

  • The door was opened by a man in livery of prelatical black, who eyed him inimically.

British Dictionary definitions for inimically


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

Word Origin

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



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

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