En"e*my (?), n.; pl. Enemies (#). [OF. enemi, F. ennemi, from L. inimicus; in- (negative) + amicus friend. See Amicable.]

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.

To all good he enemy was still. Spenser.

I say unto you, Love your enemies. Matt. v. 44.

The enemy Mil., 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.

It was difficult in such a country to track the enemy. It was impossible to drive him to bay. Macaulay.

Syn. -- Foe; antagonist; opponent. See Adversary.


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En"e*my, a.

Hostile; inimical.


They . . . every day grow more enemy to God. Jer. Taylor.


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