Definition of enmity in English:

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enmity

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

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