Definitions for enemyˈɛn ə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•e•my*ˈɛn ə mi(n.; adj.)(pl.)-mies

  1. (n.)a person who hates, opposes, or fosters harmful designs against another; hostile opponent.

  2. an opposing military force.

  3. a ship, aircraft, etc., of such a force.

  4. a hostile nation or state.

  5. a citizen of such a state.

  6. something harmful or prejudicial.

  7. (adj.)belonging to a hostile power or to any of its nationals:

    enemy property.

  8. Obs. inimical; ill-disposed.

* Usage: See collective noun.

Origin of enemy:

1250–1300; < OF < L inimicus unfriendly; =in-in -3+amicus friendly, friend; see amicable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enemy(noun)

    an opposing military force

    "the enemy attacked at dawn"

  2. enemy, foe, foeman, opposition(noun)

    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)

    "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

  3. enemy(noun)

    any hostile group of people

    "he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"

  4. foe, enemy(noun)

    a personal enemy

    "they had been political foes for years"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. enemy(noun)ˈɛn ə mi

    ≠ friend

    He was betrayed by his political enemies.

  2. enemyˈɛn ə mi

    ≠ ally

    attacks on the enemy; enemy soldiers/territory


  1. enemy(Noun)

    Someone who is hostile to, feels hatred towards, opposes the interests of, or intends injury to someone else.

  2. enemy(Noun)

    A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.

    rally together against a common enemy.

  3. enemy(Noun)

    An alliance of such forces.

  4. enemy(Adjective)

    of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy

  5. Origin: From enemi, anemi (Modern French: ennemi), from inimicus, from in- + amicus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enemy(noun)

    one hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood

  2. Enemy(adj)

    hostile; inimical

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. enemy

    1. A counter-irritant of which you must get a few, or it's you for fatty degeneration of the cerebrum. 2. The friend who stings you into action. 3. Any one who tells the truth about you.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enemy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2903

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enemy' in Nouns Frequency: #940

Anagrams of enemy

  1. Yemen

Translations for enemy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who hates or wishes to harm one

She is so good and kind that she has no enemies.

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