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[en-mi-tee] /ˈɛn mɪ ti/
noun, plural enmities.
a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
1250-1300; Middle English enemite < Middle French; Old French enemiste < Vulgar Latin *inimīcitāt- (stem of *inimīcitās), equivalent to Latin inimīc(us) enemy + -itāt- -ity
Can be confused
amity, enmity.
malice, acrimony, rancor. Unabridged
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  • In his personal relations he was kindly and generous, capable of strong partisanship but above personal enmities.
  • It drifts in and out of fantasy and legend, old enmities resurface, and brutality is wildly misdirected.
  • He uses old enmities to destabilize his new enemies.
  • Besides personal enmities, the big problem is that these parties stand for such different things.
  • Historical tribal enmities lurk close to the surface.
  • Again, it does not want to let old enmities get in the way of doing business.
  • There's been no indication whatsoever that these enmities are going to subside anytime soon.
  • Marriages across language groups are not necessarily mixed marriages unless there are historical enmities.
  • He urges his knights to forget their enmities and to better themselves.
  • Itis governed too much by enmities that should be allowed to die.
British Dictionary definitions for enmities


noun (pl) -ties
a feeling of hostility or ill will, as between enemies; antagonism
Word Origin
C13: from Old French enemistié, from enemienemy
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Word Origin and History for enmities



late 14c., from Old French enemistié "enmity, hostile act, aversion," from Vulgar Latin *inimicitatem (nominative *inimicitas), from Latin inimicitia "enmity, hostility," from inimicus "enemy" (see enemy). Related: Enmities.

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enmities in the Bible

deep-rooted hatred. "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed" (Gen. 3:15). The friendship of the world is "enmity with God" (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15, 16). The "carnal mind" is "enmity against God" (Rom. 8:7). By the abrogation of the Mosaic institutes the "enmity" between Jew and Gentile is removed. They are reconciled, are "made one" (Eph. 2:15, 16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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