Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Deep-seated, often mutual hatred.

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  • n. The quality of being an enemy; hostile or unfriendly disposition.
  • n. A state or feeling of opposition, hostility, hatred or animosity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being an enemy; hostile or unfriendly disposition.
  • n. A state of opposition; hostility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being hostile; a feeling or condition of antagonism; ill will; variance; discord.
  • n. Synonyms Animosity, Ill will, Malice, etc. See animosity and odium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of deep-seated ill-will
  • n. the feeling of a hostile person

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English enemite, from Old French enemistie, from Vulgar Latin *inimīcitās, from Latin inimīcus, enemy; see enemy.

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From Old French enemistié, ennemistié, from Late Latin *inimīcitāt(em), from Latin inimīcus ("enemy"); cognates: French inimitié, Portuguese inimizade, Spanish enemistad.

Examples

  • The reconciling of men to God by their laying aside their enmity is the consequence of God laying aside His just enmity against their sin, and follows at 2Co 5: 20. to us -- ministers (2Co 5: 19, 20).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Darcy and Elizabeth of course clash immediately, and a serious enmity is formed between them.

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Fresh Meat « A Working Title

  • You should note, by the way, that where you say, My enmity is for the political Left, whom I believe are exploiting the gays for purposes of their own.

    Another Message for Mr Wright

  • They will throw the gays under the bus when they have no more need of them, this makes it quite clear that your enmity is levelled at individuals you condemn rather than their actions.

    Another Message for Mr Wright

  • Province in which Laurier was born, and the provinces in the Far West which he had created; in the one, obvious indifference whatever the cause; in the other enmity from the Nationals whom Laurier had imported to make Liberal voters.

    The Masques of Ottawa

  • Two years and a few months ago the young sons of old France and old England got together, and today in France and Flanders the blood of those two peoples that had mingled in a stream of enmity is now mingled in a stream of comradeship and brotherly love, and they are becoming a united people.

    United Canada's Answer to the Call

  • We seem to get together in enmity wherever our two peoples meet, they have something to fight about, and it seems that a great number of us have something to fight about still, and the war still goes on.

    United Canada's Answer to the Call

  • On all occasions the Idumeans were hostile to the Jews; and the terms in which that enmity is characterized are not stronger in

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • It is urged in favour of this interpretation that it is unnatural to make the word enmity in this verse and in verse 15 refer to different things.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

  • Secondly, Another fruit of their enmity is implied, that they would reject their doctrine.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

Comments

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  • Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

    James 4:4b

    December 15, 2010

  • deep hatred; resentment; like my 20 years of education and getting paid jack squat for it; take it up the ass education system!

    December 8, 2007