noun en·e·my \ˈe-nə-mē\

: someone who hates another : someone who attacks or tries to harm another

: something that harms or threatens someone or something

: a group of people (such as a nation) against whom another group is fighting a war

plural en·e·mies

Full Definition of ENEMY

:  one that is antagonistic to another; especially :  one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent
:  something harmful or deadly <alcohol was his greatest enemy>
a :  a military adversary
b :  a hostile unit or force

Examples of ENEMY

  1. He made a lot of enemies during the course of his career.
  2. Tradition is the enemy of progress.

Origin of ENEMY

Middle English enemi, from Anglo-French, from Latin inimicus, from in- 1in- + amicus friend — more at amiable
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
ENEMY Defined for Kids


noun en·e·my \ˈe-nə-mē\
plural en·e·mies

Definition of ENEMY for Kids

:  a person who hates another :  a person who attacks or tries to harm another
:  a country or group of people with which another country or group is at war or a person belonging to such a country or group
:  something that harms or threatens <Drought is the farmer's enemy.>


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