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 enmitiesMore example sentences
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, grievancesBritish • informal needle
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French enemi(s)tie, based on Latin inimicus (see enemy).