Definition of inimical in English:



  • 1Tending to obstruct or harm.

    ‘the policy was inimical to Britain's real interests’
    • ‘Decentralization is an important libertarian value, but surely our first principle is individual liberty; and nothing is more inimical to liberty than slavery or totalitarianism.’
    • ‘Clearly, UK media coverage of protestors offers a set of binary oppositions that are inimical to seeing young people as part of an informed, rational and democratic citizenry.’
    • ‘The mobilizations of citizens in behalf of broad social demands are inimical to the right's vision of autonomous individuals, in charge of their own affairs and acting alone.’
    • ‘Both the leaders stressed the need for better co-ordination among the alliance partners and facing the challenge of the situation collectively to defeat the forces inimical to restoration of peace.’
    • ‘It would be a good time for newspapers to consider seriously cutting back on the size of their press gallery representation, especially as the culture of the gallery has become more and more inimical to serious political coverage.’
    • ‘I believe that orthodoxy of any kind is inimical to art, and that is why the writer must be free.’
    • ‘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 notion of casual employment was entirely inimical to that old model of master and servant, because the essence of the master and servant relationship was that it was a continuing relationship.’
    • ‘Although it might seem that Luther's individualism was inimical to ‘fraternity’, Luther was clear that an individual could scarcely exist in isolation from others.’
    • ‘Policy inconsistency raises business risks and transaction costs, thereby making businesses uncompetitive and making the environment inimical to sound banking operations.’
    • ‘Reinforcing and paralleling this problem is the way the current culture in politics and business is inimical to the long-term investment in time and resources needed for the opportunities of this technology to be properly realised.’
    • ‘The important question is what can be done to counter political attacks which are inimical to the effective operation of the judicial system?’
    • ‘It therefore, becomes a source of deep concern when we hear that among the men of God, there are some bent on causing confusion in the nation by inciting people to involve themselves in activities inimical to the State.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century, Middle Eastern politics was dominated by mega versions of tribalism, namely nationalism and socialism - all inimical to modern development from the bottom up.’
    • ‘But when the fervor of political passions moves the Executive and the Legislative branches to act in ways inimical to basic constitutional principles, it is the duty of the judiciary to intervene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is because it is in the interests of all governments to circumvent, supplant and even subvert the processes of democracy, and that democracy itself is inimical to the interests the rich and the powerful.’
    • ‘You can't be for protecting or strengthening Social Security and also be for private accounts since the two goals are diametrically opposed, inimical to each other.’
    • ‘And many of their doctrines are inimical to friendliness to the West.’
    • ‘There should be proper interviews of these people so that, like Zambians working abroad, they also can work here as long as they formalise their documents and stay away from activities that are inimical to national development.’
    harmful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, pernicious, damaging, hurtful, dangerous, destructive, ruinous, calamitous
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    1. 1.1Unfriendly; hostile.
      ‘an inimical alien power’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      hostile, unfriendly, antagonistic, ill-disposed, unkind, unsympathetic, malevolent, malign
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Early 16th century: from late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus (see enemy).