From Middle English enemy, enemye, enmy, from Old French enemi, anemi (Modern French: ennemi), from Latin inimīcus, from in- (“not”) + amīcus (“friend”). Displaced Middle English feend (“enemy”), from Old English fēond (“enemy”), which survived into Modern English as fiend, but with a different meaning.
- enemie (obsolete)
enemy (plural enemies)
- Someone who is hostile to, feels hatred towards, opposes the interests of, or intends injury to someone else.
- He made a lot of enemies after reducing the working hours in his department.
- Crush the enemy!
- A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.
- rally together against a common enemy.
- An alliance of such forces.
- Something harmful or threatening to another
2012 March 28, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time:
- The very thing the 16 skiers and snowboarders had sought — fresh, soft snow — instantly became the enemy. Somewhere above, a pristine meadow cracked in the shape of a lightning bolt, slicing a slab nearly 200 feet across and 3 feet deep. Gravity did the rest.
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- of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy