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inimical

or inimicable

[ih-nim-i-kuh l] /ɪˈnɪm ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful:
a climate inimical to health.
2.
unfriendly; hostile:
a cold, inimical gaze.
Origin of inimical
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin inimīc(us) unfriendly, hostile (see enemy) + -al1
Related forms
inimically, adverb
inimicalness, inimicality, noun
uninimical, adjective
uninimically, adverb
Can be confused
inimical, inimitable.
Synonyms
1. noxious. 2. antagonistic. See hostile.
Antonyms
2. friendly.
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  • The door was opened by a man in livery of prelatical black, who eyed him inimically.

  • In a moment, devil only knows why, Hermann and I were looking at each other most inimically.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • Why was he standing thirty feet from her and observing her inimically?

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • His wife could have been inimically imagined fascinated and dwindling.

  • So inimically disposed were these monks that they stopped up the channel we drew our water from.

British Dictionary definitions for inimically

inimical

/ɪˈnɪmɪkəl/
adjective
1.
adverse or unfavourable
2.
not friendly; hostile
Derived Forms
inimically, adverb
inimicalness, inimicality, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin inimīcālis, from inimīcus, from in-1 + amīcus friendly; see enemy
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Word Origin and History for inimically

inimical

adj.

1640s, from Late Latin inimicalis "hostile," from Latin inimicus "unfriendly, an enemy" (see enemy).

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