enmity

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From Old French enemisté, ennemistié, from Late Latin *inimīcitās, *inimīcitātem, from Latin inimīcus (enemy); cognates: French inimitié, Portuguese inimizade, Spanish enemistad.[1]

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enmity (plural enmities)

  1. The quality of being an enemy; hostile or unfriendly disposition.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 242e.
      Some later Muses from Ionia and Sicily reckoned it safest to weave together both versions and say that that which is is both many and one, held together by both enmity and amity.
  2. A state or feeling of opposition, hostility, hatred or animosity.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 1
      I merely repeat, remember always your duty of enmity towards Man and all his ways.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 enmity” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]