Definition of enmity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈenmədē/

noun (plural enmities)

The state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something: enmity between Protestants and Catholics family feuds and enmities
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  • There may, however, be more to the conflict than just historical enmity.
  • Further change may even see the disappearance of religious enmity from our press boxes - or maybe that's too much to ask.
  • In other cases, there would be fierce debate, enmity and bitter recrimination.
hostility, animosity, antagonism, friction, antipathy, animus, acrimony, bitterness, rancor, resentment, aversion, ill feeling, bad feeling, ill will, bad blood, hatred, hate, loathing, odium;
malice, spite, spitefulness, venom, malevolence


Middle English: from Old French enemi(s)tie, based on Latin inimicus (see enemy).

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Syllabification: en·mi·ty

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