One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood.

The enemy, the hostile force. In this sense it is construed with the verb and pronoun either in the singular or the plural, but more commonly in the singular; as, we have met the enemy and he is ours or they are ours.

Synonyms: Foe, antagonist, opponent. See Adversary.

Origin: OF. Enemi, F. Ennemi, from L. Inimicus; in- (negative) + amicus friend. See Amicable.

(01 Mar 1998)

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