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Saturday, March 27, 2004

Definitions for inimical

  1. Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable.
  2. Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; adverse.

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Citations for inimical
Here the planet under scrutiny is Venus -- a world even more inimical to human existence than Mars. With a poisonous CO2 atmosphere, hellish temperatures and atmospheric pressure 90 times that of Earth's, "a person exposed to Venus's surface . . . would flash-burn a split second before any remaining chemical residue was squashed flat." Gerald Jonas, New York Times
Yeats's conflict with his father was not only about the conventional employment which J. B. Yeats believed was inimical to creative freedom. Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats
Origin of inimical
Inimical comes from Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus, unfriendly, adverse, hostile, from in-, not + amicus, friendly, well-wishing, favorable to, from amare, to love.