noun (plural enemies)
- 1A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something: the traditional enemies of his tribe Nigel made many enemies this man was her sworn enemyMore 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.
- 1.1 (the enemy) [treated as singular or plural] A hostile nation or its armed forces, especially in time of war: the enemy shot down four helicopters [as modifier]: enemy aircraftMore 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 artMore 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!
be one's own worst enemy
- Act in a way contrary to one’s own interests: I try my best, but he’s his own worst enemyMore 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.
make an enemy of
- Cause (someone) to start feeling hostile to one: you really don’t want to make an enemy of your girlfriend’s best mateMore example sentences
- The marchers' defiant smugness started to make an enemy of me.
- The glamorous cabinet minister sacked by the president made an enemy of of the president's wife with early morning calls.
- By placing it in the enemy camp, the President made an enemy of a would-be ally.
Middle English: from Old French enemi, from Latin inimicus, from in- 'not' + amicus 'friend'.