Definition of enmity in English:

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enmity

Pronunciation: /ˈɛnmɪti/

noun (plural enmities)

[mass noun]
A state or feeling of active opposition or hostility: decades of enmity between the two countries [count noun]: 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, opposition, dissension, rivalry, feud, conflict, discord, contention;
acrimony, bitterness, rancour, resentment, aversion, dislike, ill feeling, bad feeling, ill will, bad blood, hatred, hate, loathing, detestation, abhorrence, odium;
malice, spite, spitefulness, venom, malevolence, malignity;
grudges, grievances
British informal needle

Origin

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

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