enemy

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noun en·e·my \ˈe-nə-mē\

Definition of enemy

plural

enemies

  1. 1 :  one that is antagonistic to another; especially :  one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent

  2. 2 :  something harmful or deadly alcohol was his greatest enemy

  3. 3a :  a military adversaryb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of enemy

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


First Known Use: 13th century



ENEMY Defined for English Language Learners

enemy

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noun en·e·my \ˈe-nə-mē\

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

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noun en·e·my \ˈe-nə-mē\

Definition of enemy for Students

plural

enemies

  1. 1 :  a person who hates another :  a person who attacks or tries to harm another

  2. 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. 3 :  something that harms or threatens Drought is the farmer's enemy.



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