Definition of inimical in English:

inimical

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɪmɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Tending to obstruct or harm: the policy was inimical to Britain’s real interests
More example sentences
  • The important question is what can be done to counter political attacks which are inimical to the effective operation of the judicial system?
  • Imagination is not greatly encouraged by human systems of organization because it is by nature free; it is beyond established control, inimical to chains, can't be enslaved, organized or taxed, depends upon no institution.
  • The state has also passed laws that are inimical to the short-term interests of particular capitalists, but necessary in the longer-term interests of capitalism itself - for example, health and safety legislation.
Synonyms
harmful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, pernicious, damaging, hurtful, dangerous, destructive, ruinous, calamitous;
antagonistic, contrary, antipathetic, unfavourable, adverse, opposed, hostile, at odds, not conducive, prejudicial
literary malefic, maleficent
1.1Unfriendly; hostile: an inimical alien power
More example sentences
  • What waited them at the end of such perilous journey was a life of celibacy, near total isolation from home, inimical climate and unfriendly natives.
  • Because leaven is a common metaphor for the ‘evil inclination’ in Judaism, Jesus here insinuates their complicity with the inimical powers that oppress the people.
  • Shocked, Dubble slipped on a sheaf of papers, screeched and struck his head against one of the cabinets, and when he recovered to his feet he regarded his Commander with a cold, inimical glower.
Synonyms
hostile, unfriendly, antagonistic, ill-disposed, unkind, unsympathetic, malevolent, malign;

Origin

early 16th century: from late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus (see enemy).

Derivatives

inimically

adverb
More example sentences
  • The warning angered lawmakers and public officials who said the U.S. acted inimically against a traditional ally.
  • They could meet another species which is inimically superior, and lose faith in themselves.
  • In our context, the Diocese consists of 22 different ethnic groups, some of which are inimically inclined towards others.

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