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[en-mi-tee] /ˈɛn mɪ ti/
noun, plural enmities.
a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
Origin of enmity
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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Examples from the web for enmity
  • It's that sort of behavior that has earned them such enmity.
  • They may be the "enemies," but I feel more pity for them than enmity.
  • International observers say continued enmity between the countries amounts to a grudge match.
  • There was no enmity among us.
  • Too bad that the enemies of this enmity cannot thus be friends.
  • Whenever the actors are gathered on stage, frightening manifestations of supernatural enmity plague the company.
  • While escaping, he confuses his spells and gives Garnish a serpent head, earning her eternal enmity.
  • Once again, the starfish had achieved victory and earned the undying enmity of oyster fishermen everywhere.
  • They were mortal enemies, an enmity that spilled over decades later.
  • Paradoxically, sometimes the enmity between them appears to be the sharpest.
British Dictionary definitions for enmity


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 enmity

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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enmity 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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