Definition of enmity in US English:

enmity

noun

  • The state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.

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

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

Pronunciation

enmity

/ˈɛnmədi//ˈenmədē/