inimical

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin inimīcālis (hostile), from inimīcus (enemy) (from in- (not) + amīcus (friend)) + -ālis.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪˈnɪmɪkəl/
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inimical (comparative more inimical, superlative most inimical)

  1. Harmful in effect.
    • 2020, N. K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit, page 178:
      She doesn’t want to touch it, and indeed every particle of her screams against doing so because it is somehow inimical to her.
  2. Unfriendly, hostile.
    Her inimical attitude precludes romance.

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