- The definition of an enemy is a person or country who is your opponent, or someone or something that is actively against something.
- Someone who is hostile to you and who you really do not like is an example of someone who would be described as your enemy.
- A person who opposes all legislation protecting animals is an example of someone who might be described as an enemy of animal rights.
- A country who has declared war on the U.S. is an example of an enemy of the U.S.
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- a person who hates another, and wishes or tries to injure him; foe
- a nation or force hostile to another; military or wartime adversary
- troops, fleet, ship, member, etc. of a hostile nation
- a person hostile to an idea, cause, etc.
- anything injurious or harmful
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French enemi ; from Classical Latin inimicus, unfriendly, enemy ; from in-, not plush amicus, friend: see amiable
- Obsolete hostile
- of an enemy; of a hostile nation
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noun pl. en·e·mies
- One who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another; a foe.
- a. A hostile power or force, such as a nation.b. A member or unit of such a force.
- A group of foes or hostile forces. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- Something destructive or injurious in its effects: “Art hath an enemy called Ignorance” (Ben Jonson).
Origin: Middle English enemi, from Old French, from Latin inimīcus : in-, not; see in-1 + amīcus, friend.