mortal enemy


: someone one hates very much and for a long time
They've been mortal enemies for many years.

Examples of mortal enemy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over 300 drones and missiles navigated above Iran’s neighbors, including Jordan and Iraq — both with US military bases — before penetrating the airspace of Iran’s mortal enemy, Israel. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 14 Apr. 2024 Bebe Neuwirth reprised her role as Frasier's ex-wife/mortal enemy Dr. Lilith Sternin and Peri Gilpin returned as bestie Roz Doyle in the season finale. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 9 Jan. 2024 Reagan sold weapons to Iran, our mortal enemy, to fund the Contras in a war for which Congress had cut off funding. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Blue is the color of melancholy but also of its mortal enemy, the very thing that follows the storm clouds of loneliness and despair: which is hope, which is the chance to begin again, which is a clear, blue sky. Emily Leibert, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 The Islamic State, a mortal enemy of Iran, claimed responsibility. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2024 While Esau seemed to see something admirable in Bass from their day-one encounter (when Reeves was still under the confines of slavery), an unfortunate turn of events toward the end of episode one would forever make Esau a mortal enemy in Bass’ eyes. Demetrius Patterson, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Dec. 2023 Doing so created a conflict because measurement is the mortal enemy of entanglement. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 What are the risks for Travis King? King, believed to be the first US soldier to cross into North Korea since 1982, is in the hands of a notoriously autocratic and opaque one-party regime that regards the United States as a mortal enemy. Brad Lendon, CNN, 16 Aug. 2023

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“Mortal enemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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