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Tuesday, October 23, 2007


\ih-NIM-ih-kul\ , adjective;
Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable.
Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; adverse.
Here the planet under scrutiny is Venus -- a world even more inimical to human existence than Mars. With a poisonous CO2 atmosphere, hellish temperatures and atmospheric pressure 90 times that of Earth's, "a person exposed to Venus's surface . . . would flash-burn a split second before any remaining chemical residue was squashed flat."
-- Gerald Jonas, "Science Fiction", New York Times, February 27, 2000
Yeats's conflict with his father was not only about the conventional employment which J. B. Yeats believed was inimical to creative freedom.
-- Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats
T. H. Logan, an inimical police officer, drives his wife mad with grief by killing the seal she used to love to swim with.
-- Aoibheann Sweeney, "Gnawing on Bones", New York Times, June 11, 2000
Inimical comes from Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus, unfriendly, adverse, hostile, from in-, not + amicus, friendly, well-wishing, favorable to, from amare, to love.
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