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