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enemy

Syllabification: en·e·my
Pronunciation: /ˈenəmē
 
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Definition of enemy in English:

noun (plural enemies)

1A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
Example sentences
  • She was still my sworn enemy who was trying to tear me down in whatever way possible.
  • Somehow they blamed each other, deciding their sworn enemy was the sole reason for their anger.
  • Albert did his best to smile at a man who was supposed to be his enemy despite being critically ill himself.
Synonyms
(the enemy)the opposition, the competition, the other side, the opposing side
1.1 (the enemy) [treated as singular or plural] A hostile nation or its armed forces or citizens, especially in time of war: the enemy shot down four helicopters [as modifier]: enemy aircraft
More example sentences
  • The bulk of the infantry was kept back out of range of the enemy guns, ready to counter-attack.
  • Democracies are entitled to try officers and soldiers of enemy forces for war crimes.
  • Not a shot had been fired and not a single Allied aircraft had attacked the enemy aircraft.
1.2A thing that harms or weakens something else: routine is the enemy of art
More example sentences
  • Part of my psyche is tuned to the belief that routine is the enemy of invention.
  • After all, as he explains at length in his book, these three things have a common enemy in risk aversion.
  • In a rather bold twist, the traditional enemy of poetry is turned into a poet himself!

Origin

Middle English: from Old French enemi, from Latin inimicus, from in- 'not' + amicus 'friend'.

Phrases

be one's own worst enemy

1
Act in a way contrary to one’s own interests.
Example sentences
  • Hitler went from being a superb strategist in the early part of his rule to being his own worst enemy later on.
  • Not for the first time in my life, I had been my own worst enemy, but if people don't treat me correctly, I have to hit back at them.
  • But you can be your own worst enemy when there's a lot of negative chatter going on inside your head.

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