enemy

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛnəmi/
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  • Hyphenation: en‧e‧my

Noun[edit]

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enemy (plural enemies)

  1. 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!
  2. A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.
    rally together against a common enemy.
  3. An alliance of such forces.
  4. Something harmful or threatening to another
    • 2012 April 18, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, New York Time:
      The very thing the 16 skiers and snowboarders had sought — fresh, soft snow — instantly became the enemy. Somewhere above, a pristine meadow cracked in the shape of a lightning bolt, slicing a slab nearly 200 feet across and 3 feet deep. Gravity did the rest.

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enemy (comparative more enemy, superlative most enemy)

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy

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enemy m (oblique plural enemys, nominative singular enemys, nominative plural enemy)

  1. Alternative form of enemi.

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