enmity


en·mi·ty

noun \ˈen-mə-tē\

: a very deep unfriendly feeling

plural en·mi·ties

Full Definition of ENMITY

:  positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will

Examples of ENMITY

  1. There's a long history of enmity between them.
  2. His comments earned him the enmity of his coworkers.
  3. We need to put aside old enmities for the sake of peace.
  4. Bin Laden may no longer be supplying directions and funding, but his ethos of enmity lives on. —Michael Hirsh et al., Newsweek, 10 June 2002

Origin of ENMITY

Middle English enmite, from Anglo-French enemité, enemisté, from enemi enemy
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ENMITY

enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed <an unspoken enmity>. hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression <hostility between the two nations>. antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility <a natural antipathy for self-seekers> <antagonism between the brothers>. animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility <animosity that led to revenge>. rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong <rancor filled every line of his letters>. animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice <objections devoid of personal animus>.

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