from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Injurious or harmful in effect; adverse: habits inimical to good health.
  • adj. Unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Harmful in effect.
  • adj. Unfriendly, hostile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable; -- chiefly applied to private, as hostile is to public, enmity.
  • adj. Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; inconsistent; incompatible; adverse; repugnant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; hostile: chiefly applied to private enmity.
  • Adverse; hurtful; repugnant.
  • Synonyms Averse, Adverse, etc. (see hostile), unfriendly, antagonistic, opposed, hurtful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not friendly


Late Latin inimīcālis, from Latin inimīcus, enemy; see enemy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin inimicus “enemy”; Latin in- not and amicus friendly. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Roland had never in his life seen such animals or countryside, and it made his skin want to crawl right off his flesh. It was inimical, but that was not the problem. It was alien-- that was the problem. From The Wastelands by Stephen King.

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  • Note to self:

    compare inimitable

    inimitable- peerless. Antonym: common
    inimical- hostile. Antonym: amicable

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