Enemy meaning

ĕnə-mē
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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.
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A person hostile to an idea, cause, etc.
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A group of foes or hostile forces.
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Anything injurious or harmful.
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Hostile.
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Of an enemy; of a hostile nation.
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Someone who is hostile to, feels hatred towards, opposes the interests of, or intends injury to someone else.

He made a lot of enemies after reducing the working hours in his department.

Crush the enemy!

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A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.

Rally together against a common enemy.

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An alliance of such forces.
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Something harmful or threatening to another.
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Of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy.
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Of, relating to, or being a hostile power or force.
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Origin of enemy

  • Middle English enemi from Old French from Latin inimīcus in- not in–1 amīcus friend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English enemy, enemye, enmy, from Old French enemi, anemi (Modern French: ennemi), from Latin inimīcus, from in- (“not”) + amīcus (“friend”)

    From Wiktionary