Definition of enmity in English:

enmity

noun

  • [mass noun] A state or feeling of active opposition or hostility:

    ‘decades of enmity between the two countries’
    [count noun] ‘family feuds and enmities’
    • ‘Years of hatred and enmity were unleashed in the suicidal battle over Mongolia.’
    • ‘There he drove home his message that this had to be the focus if the decades of enmity between the countries were to be ended.’
    • ‘The enmity of the tribes was old, and with independence their anxieties about one another became acute.’
    • ‘It was a military truce, but of course the political enmity persisted.’
    • ‘The two debates engaged major personalities in the discipline and a similar degree of enmity and venom.’
    • ‘There may, however, be more to the conflict than just historical enmity.’
    • ‘What are the sources of enmity against us, and how could those sources be reduced?’
    • ‘This was also brought on by the bitter enmity between many players and their employers.’
    • ‘Further change may even see the disappearance of religious enmity from our press boxes - or maybe that's too much to ask.’
    • ‘The gaiety with which they had set out had somehow vanished; and yet there was no enmity or malice between them.’
    • ‘There had been a few attempts to sedate enmity in advance.’
    • ‘Welles did indeed have enemies, although he had done his best to earn their enmity.’
    • ‘In other cases, there would be fierce debate, enmity and bitter recrimination.’
    • ‘At least, we don't feel enmity toward fellow human beings very often.’
    • ‘Indeed there is a long history of mutual enmity between the two countries which dates back some 400 years.’
    • ‘The locals said the family has no strong enmity with the accused.’
    • ‘I promise to refrain from taking part in feuds and quarrels and from creating enmity.’
    • ‘Their feud dates back almost two centuries with a level of enmity that has only gathered strength over the passing years.’
    • ‘Blood is shed everywhere and millions perish as victims of enmity.’
    • ‘By far the person radiating the most resentment and enmity was Will.’
    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, grievances
    needle
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French enemi(s)tie, based on Latin inimicus (see enemy).

Pronunciation:

enmity

/ˈɛnmɪti/