enemy

noun en·e·my \ ˈe-nə-mē \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of enemy

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

Examples of enemy in a Sentence

  1. He made a lot of enemies during the course of his career.

  2. Tradition is the enemy of progress.

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Origin and Etymology of enemy

Middle English enemi, from Anglo-French, from Latin inimicus, from in- 1in- + amicus friend — more at amiable



ENEMY Defined for English Language Learners

enemy

noun

Definition of enemy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ENEMY Defined for Kids

enemy

noun en·e·my \ ˈe-nə-mē \

Definition of enemy for Students

plural enemies
1 : a person who hates another : a person who attacks or tries to harm another
2 : 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
3 : something that harms or threatens
  • Drought is the farmer's enemy.


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