Enemy Definition

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[n] any hostile group of people; "he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
[n] an opposing military force; "the enemy attacked at dawn"
[n] an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
[n] a personal enemy; "they had been political foes for years"


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Synonyms

foe, foeman, opposition

Antonyms

ally, friend

Misc. Definitions

\En"e*my\, n.; pl. {Enemies}. [OF. enemi, F. ennemi, from L. inimicus; in- (negative) + amicus friend. See {Amicable}.] One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood. To all good he enemy was still. --Spenser. I say unto you, Love your enemies. --Matt. v. 4
4. {The enemy} (Mil.), the hostile force. In this sense it is construed with the verb and pronoun either in the singular or the plural, but more commonly in the singular; as, we have met the enemy and he is ours or they are ours. It was difficult in such a country to track the enemy. It was impossible to drive him to bay. --Macaulay. Syn: Foe; antagonist; opponent. See {Adversary}.
\En"e*my\, a. Hostile; inimical. [Obs.] They . . . every day grow more enemy to God. --Jer. Taylor.

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