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  • noun Plural form of enmity.


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  • God said (Gen. 3: 15) to the serpent: I will put enmities, that is hatred, between thee and the woman; that is, between the devil and the Blessed Virgin -- whom the holy writers call the second Eve; because as the first Eve caused our fall, the second Eve helped us to rise again.

    Baltimore Catechism No. 4 (of 4) An Explanation of the Baltimore Catechism of Christian Doctrine

  • Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.

    Advice to Our Next President, From Our First President

  • Mr. Axelrod contends that the enmities and alliances fostered as settlers, trappers and their Indian contacts struggled to dominate the lucrative business during the mid-17th century set in motion the course of war that ultimately led to an independent American republic.

    The Beaver Wars

  • “The violence of the national parties” was diverted to local enmities.


  • But first of all, there was to be a meeting of the chiefs with Niblack, and a drowning of all enmities in quass.


  • Like others of that generation, which grew up in the aftermath of World War II, Mr. Trichet is emotionally attached to the project of European integration and proud of its accomplishments in overcoming the Continent's historic enmities.

    Europe's Central Banker Seeks Deeper Fiscal Union

  • The costs of creating new enmities, losing potential allies, and adding to the military and security burden that we bear as the world's policeman are astronomically high, as the last decade has shown.

    America's Freedom Opportunity in the Middle East

  • But a more intimate sense of Mr. Dallaire comes from a personal anecdote in "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children," where he reflects on his Canadian childhood and on the ways in which boys, even before reaching adolescence, can become acutely aware of tribal allegiances and enmities.

    Young And Dangerous

  • He was brave even to a fault and in regular service would have done honor to his profession—his attachments were warm—his enmities were strong—and having no disguise about him, both appeared in full force.

    George Washington’s First War

  • In a letter to his son written in 1537, he looked back on a life of vicissitude; "a thousand dangers and hazards, enmities, hatreds, prisonments, despites and indignations".

    The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt by Nicola Shulman - review


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