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inimical

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adjective in·im·i·cal \i-ˈni-mi-kəl\

Simple Definition of inimical

  • : likely to cause damage or have a bad effect

  • : not friendly

Full Definition of inimical

  1. 1 :  being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence <forces inimical to democracy>

  2. 2 a :  having the disposition of an enemy :  hostile <inimical factions> b :  reflecting or indicating hostility :  unfriendly <his father's inimical glare>

in·im·i·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of inimical

  1. <received an inimical response rather than the anticipated support>

  2. <laws designed to enhance national security that some regard as inimical to cherished freedoms>



Origin of inimical

Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus enemy — more at enemy


First Known Use: 1573



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