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Examples of enmity in a Sentence
- 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
- What has earned her the enmity of so many peers is her indiscriminate outspokenness. —Karen Springer, Newsweek, 10 June 1996
- Battles over slavery in the territories broke the second party system apart and then shaped a realigned system that emphasized sectional enmity. —Mary Beth Norton et al., A People and a Nation, 1988
There's a long history of enmity between them.
His comments earned him the enmity of his coworkers.
We need to put aside old enmities for the sake of peace.
Recent Examples of enmity from the Web
But Facebook is the greater devil of the moment, relative to Google, and Twitter elicits more pity than enmity right now.
But the apparent enmity between the former Team Alpha Male teammates nonetheless brings Saturday’s UFC bantamweight title bout at Madison Square Garden within teasing, striking distance of Sacramento.
Given the current level of partisan enmity and distrust of election systems among Americans, that effort appears to be succeeding.
Where the envy and enmity inside the league reached a peak was in the Cowboys' pursuit of those college players around draft time.
In the early 17th century, these two classes were remarkably, though not totally, free of racist enmity.
Kesselman uses those uncomfortable passages, detailing Anne's enmity toward her mother, Edith (what teenage girl hasn't, at some point, hated her mom?), as well as musings about her changing body.
But traditional Islam — which fosters an attitude of segregation and enmity toward non-Muslims — is an important factor.
When his book was finally published in 2000, critics almost universally perceived it as an act of enmity against its subject.
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Did You Know?
Enmity and its synonyms "hostility," animosity, and animus all indicate deep-seated dislike or ill will. Enmity (which derives from an Anglo-French word meaning "enemy") suggests true hatred, either overt or concealed. Hostility implies strong, open enmity that shows itself in attacks or aggression. Animosity carries the sense of anger, vindictiveness, and sometimes the desire to destroy what one hates. Animus is generally less violent than animosity, but definitely conveys active prejudice or ill will.
Origin and Etymology of enmity
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsanimosity, animus, antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, bitterness, gall, grudge, hostility, jaundice, rancor
Related Wordsblood feud, feud, score, vendetta; hate, hatred, loathing; vindictiveness, virulence, vitriol; alienation, disaffection, estrangement; conflict, coolness, discord, friction, strain, tension; inhospitableness, unfriendliness; malice, malignancy, malignity, spite, spitefulness, venom
Near Antonymsamiability, amicability, civility, cordiality, friendliness, hospitality, neighborliness; comity, empathy, friendship, goodwill, sympathy, understanding
Synonym Discussion of enmity
- an unspoken enmity
- hostility between the two nations
- a natural antipathy for self-seekers
- antagonism between the brothers
- animosity that led to revenge
- rancor filled every line of his letters
- objections devoid of personal animus
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