from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another; a foe.
- n. A hostile power or force, such as a nation.
- n. A member or unit of such a force.
- n. A group of foes or hostile forces. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- n. Something destructive or injurious in its effects: "Art hath an enemy called Ignorance” ( Ben Jonson).
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a hostile power or force.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who is hostile to, feels hatred towards, opposes the interests of, or intends injury to someone else.
- n. A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.
- n. An alliance of such forces.
- adj. of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary
- adj. Hostile; inimical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who opposes, antagonizes, or seeks to inflict, or is willing to inflict, injury upon another, from dislike, hatred, conflict of interests, or public policy, as in war; one who is hostile or inimical.
- n. Specifically An opposing military force. See the enemy, below.
- n. A foreign state which is in a condition of open hostility to the state in relation to which the former is regarded, or a subject of such a state.
- n. That which is inimical; anything that is hurtful or dangerous: as, strong drink is one of man's worst enemies; a bad conscience is an enemy to peace.
- n. The adversary of mankind; the devil; Satan.
- n. Time: as, how goes the enemy? (= what o'clock is it?); to kill the enemy.
- n. Synonyms Antagonist, Opponent, etc. See adversary.
- Inimical; hostile; opposed.
- In internȧtional law, belonging to a public enemy; belonging to a hostile power or to any of its subjects: as, enemy property.
- To be hostile.
- n. A dialectal corruption of anemone.
- n. A dialectal (Scotch) corruption of emmet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an opposing military force
- n. a personal enemy
- n. an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
- n. any hostile group of people
Middle English enemi, from Old French, from Latin inimīcus : in-, not; see in-1 + amīcus, friend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French enemi, anemi (Modern French: ennemi), from Latin inimīcus, from in- ("not") + amīcus ("friend") (Wiktionary)