enemy

Definitions

  • I Hear the Enemy, Let Us Rally--1-43-088
    I Hear the Enemy, Let Us Rally--1-43-088
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enemy any hostile group of people "he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
    • n enemy an opposing military force "the enemy attacked at dawn"
    • n enemy an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force) "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
    • n enemy a personal enemy "they had been political foes for years"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE ENEMY SOWING TARES THE ENEMY SOWING TARES
A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy
THE TRIUMPH OF THE ENEMY THE TRIUMPH OF THE ENEMY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vikings, after killing their enemies, used their skulls as drinking vessels
    • a Enemy Hostile; inimical. "They . . . every day grow more enemy to God."
    • n Enemy 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.""I say unto you, Love your enemies ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hummingbirds are the smallest birds so tiny that one of their enemies is an insect, the praying mantis.
    • n enemy 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 enemy Specifically An opposing military force. See the enemy, below.
    • n enemy 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 enemy 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 enemy The adversary of mankind; the devil; Satan.
    • n enemy Time: as, how goes the enemy? (= what o'clock is it?); to kill the enemy.
    • n enemy Synonyms Antagonist, Opponent, etc. See adversary.
    • enemy Inimical; hostile; opposed.
    • enemy In internȧtional law, belonging to a public enemy; belonging to a hostile power or to any of its subjects: as, enemy property.
    • enemy To be hostile.
    • n enemy A dialectal corruption of anemone.
    • n enemy A dialectal (Scotch) corruption of emmet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tarantulas have retractable claws like cats and the hairs on their abdomen and back legs can stick into an enemy and itch. They also get bald on their thorax when they get old. Thanx Laura
    • n Enemy en′e-mi one who hates or dislikes: a foe: a hostile army
    • adj Enemy (obs.) hostile
    • Enemy a prov. form of anemone.
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Quotations

  • Sir William Temple
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    “The first glass is for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the forth for my enemies.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
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    “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.”
  • Saying
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    “The weakness of an enemy forms part of our own strength.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
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    “Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.”

Idioms

Let the best be the enemy of the good - If the desire for an unattainable perfection stops someone from choosing good possibilities, they let the best be the enemy of the good.
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With friends like that, who needs enemies? - This expression is used when people behave badly or treat someone badly that they are supposed to be friends with.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. enemi, F. ennemi, from L. inimicus,; in-,negative) + amicus, friend. See Amicable

Usage

In literature:

For nine years he triumphed over constantly augmenting enemies.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
The farmer believes me his enemy, but if I do injure his fields it is because I cannot help it.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Their garrisons, unable to serve against the enemy abroad, were available against the enemy at home.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Of scouts through the woods, in which they inspect the enemy's forts and make plans of them.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Nor was this the only circumstance which led Maria Theresa to regard her enemy as the enemy of God.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Our sharpshooters are told to shoot constantly at the enemy's port holes or at any moving figure along the enemy's line.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
In no Arm does the skeleton enemy replace an actual enemy less than with the Cavalry.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
But is the enemy of our enemy truly our friend?
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The cause of the alliance has met with many setbacks in Orvieto, and Simon suspects a secret enemy is behind them.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Some stand guard around the camp by day, and others go out on picket at night, to watch for the enemy.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
About eleven o'clock the enemy opened a heavy fire upon the fort, which was returned with spirit.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
For eight days the Germans poured projectiles into the enemy's works; but for the most part their shooting was a waste of ammunition.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Then it represented an enemy, now a comrade in arms.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Her heavy artillery gave her a decisive advantage both in the matter of enemy fortresses and enemy armies.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
The enemy is trotting over me.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Not a sign of the enemy was visible, save the deserted remains of their winter-quarters, which fell into our hands.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
He had found the position of all the enemy's artillery.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
All this time our extreme right, under Siegel, was using its artillery upon the town, not knowing that the enemy had gone.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
By this triumph over her enemies, Mary was seated more strongly than ever on the throne.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
The enemy often harassed us with scouting parties, and attacking isolated posts.
"Memoirs of a Veteran Who Served as a Private in the 60's in the War Between the States" by Isaac Hermann
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In poetry:

From then I started out in life,
To make a race pride mark;
But prejudice from my enemies,
Kept holding me in the dark.
"From Degradation Through Supplication To Education. The Negro." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Blessed be God, our God,
Who freely His beloved Son up gave
His enemies to reconcile and save:
Blessed be God, our God.
"Blessed Be God, Our God" by Horatius Bonar
Then give me one of upright heart,
Who dares the truth to utter,
And act a nobler, manlier part,
Though enemies do mutter.
"No Enemies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
And thus, while all the world may laud
The gifts of love and loyalty,
I lay my meed of gratitude
Before thy feet, mine enemy!
"To My Enemy" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
"He has no enemies!" Well, then,
The reason is,—he never
Has heart enough to act but when
He sees "which way's the weather."
"No Enemies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But not a foe in front was found
After the long and stubborn fight.
The enemy had left the ground
Where we had lain that night.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope

In news:

John Cole has none of the outward markings of a Public Enemy Number One type.
The competition is an enemy force.
The great American ports debate has seen the Bush administration's political enemies explode with pent-up schadenfreude.
In a 2004 interview, an RAF hero recalled encounters with friends and enemies during the Battle of Britain.
This marks the beginning of almost two years of repressing perceived enemies of the Revolution.
Central Command ' friending ' the enemy in psychological war.
Movie Review 'Behind Enemy Lines'.
Go to main page News Enemy at the gait : New cameras identify you by your walk.
Always the enemy of inequality, he left a lasting legacy of economic thought and social commentary.
The US military ordered coalition troops in Iraq on Thursday to undergo special training in ethics and "the values that separate us from our enemies" in the wake of allegations that Marines killed two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha.
Germ Warfare Regarded As a Hard Enemy to Fight.
And now he's on to the "shoreless ambitions of the enemy".
US productivity, meet your new worst enemy.
1st Class Riley G Stephens, 39, of Tolar, Texas, died in Wardak of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire.
Group Therapy Frances Kiernan explores the life of Mary McCarthy through the opinions of friends and enemies.
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In science:

Our distributed algorithm may also prove useful, not only for a distributed protocol of routers within the same ISP, but also in the future, when different ISPs start cooperating against common enemies.
Optimal Filtering of Malicious IP Sources
Distributed filtering may also be enabled by the cooperation across several ISPs against a common enemy.
Optimal Source-Based Filtering of Malicious Traffic
Our distributed algorithm may also be useful, not only for a routers within the same ISP, but also, in the future, when different ISPs start cooperating against common enemies.
Optimal Source-Based Filtering of Malicious Traffic
Similarly the collisions between the enemy planes and enemy plane’s bullet with the user plane and user plane’s bullet. o.
Aero Fighter - 2D Gaming
This beneficial effect “enemy” nodes can gain from sharing “friendly” partners is not confined to ecosystems.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
It is sometimes said that high temperature is the enemy of reliability.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Second, turbulence, of whatever origin, is not always the enemy of GI.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
On the other hand, disorder is not always an enemy, since its use may be beneficial under certain circumstances.
Electronic properties of mesoscopic graphene structures: charge confinement and control of spin and charge transport
If ever you want to illustrate the difference between what we consider hard and easy to someone not from computer science, use the example of 2-coloring versus 3-coloring: suppose there is too much fighting in a class, and you want to split it so that no enemies end up in the same group.
Combinatorial coloring of 3-colorable graphs
Clearly, the more we know about our enemy, the greater our ability will be to tackle it and distinguish it from CMB fluctuations.
A method for subtracting foregrounds from multi-frequency CMB sky maps
However, triggers will have to allow/encourage charm data to be taken! As it is, charm events may be the worst enemy of B-experiment triggers.
Charm Results on CP Violation and Mixing
Bright’s quote is in Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy the State (1935), Part III, Chapter 2.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
A dangerous enemy has infiltrated our science classrooms and is infecting our students’ minds.
Intelligent Design in the Physics Classroom?
The enemy is a profoundly unscientific theory masquerading as legitimate science.
Intelligent Design in the Physics Classroom?
You probably suspect the enemy I’m talking about is Intelligent Design (ID).
Intelligent Design in the Physics Classroom?
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