enmity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enmity the feeling of a hostile person "he could no longer contain his hostility"
    • n enmity a state of deep-seated ill-will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enmity A state of opposition; hostility. "The friendship of the world is enmity with God."
    • Enmity The quality of being an enemy; hostile or unfriendly disposition. "No ground of enmity between us known."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enmity The quality or state of being hostile; a feeling or condition of antagonism; ill will; variance; discord.
    • n enmity Synonyms Animosity, Ill will, Malice, etc. See animosity and odium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enmity en′mi-ti the quality of being an enemy: unfriendliness: ill-will: hostility.
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Quotations

  • Jacob Boehme
    Jacob Boehme
    “You are at enmity with yourself.”
  • Washington Irving
    Washington%20Irving
    “Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    Sigmund%20Freud
    “Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enemyte, fr. enemy,: cf. F. inimitié, OF. enemistié,. See Enemy, and cf. Amity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enemistié—L. inimicus. See Enemy.

Usage

In literature:

He had no enmity to Catholicism, provided it did not stand in his way.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
Waldstricker's open enmity had expressed itself in a series of injuries, calculated to enrage them.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
This underlying enmity between neighboring peoples is not something rare in the world.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
In a moment I understood the bitter enmity which he had allowed to enter and to rankle in his bosom.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
If they are at enmity with any man, they must first be reconciled before their journey will be recognized.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
The enmity lies couched in the friendship, just as the ruin in the relief.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
But still she could not risk the open enmity of one who knew her secret.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
Didn't you say that there was enmity between them, {you} scoundrel?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
If he thought to disarm the enmity of Minthorne by helping the son-in-law, his hopes were raised only to be dashed to earth again.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
With cold inscrutable eyes she had watched open hostility and active enmity become indifference.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
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In poetry:

Surely Safety guards his footsteps;
Enmity he hath not sown:
Yet who stealthily glides near him,
Whose the arm around him thrown?
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
My standing does my fall procure,
My falling makes me stand more sure.
My poison does my physic prove,
My enmity provokes my love.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
They binde, and leade me unto Herod: he
Sends me to Pilate. This makes them agree;
But yet their friendship is my enmitie.
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
IN pity cease—nor thus for ever pour
The pois'nous draught of flatt'ry o'er my mind;
Why seek to lessen its too little store!
Could Enmity itself be more unkind?
"Impromptu, To A Friend" by Maria Logan
Yet, if the day should darken, or the storm
Beat on my brow, or shriek across the night,
And with God’s pregnant enmity inform
His sequent messengers of dark and light:
"Endeavour" by Robert Steel Byrnes
New spoils! In herds, elephants, jackals, pards,
For anguish of such fate their enmity
Laying aside, burst for the river wide
Which flows between fair isles: in company
As friends they madly flee!
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

State-sponsored religion would earn Jefferson's enmity, not the sympathy the Christian right suggests (news article, Sept 10).
In the history books, Monday will go down as the moment when bitter enemies allowed the yearning for peace to triumph over their enduring enmity.
Toll hike enmity approved by Chautauqua County legislature.
Miami Heat heads into training camp with unprecedented buzz and enmity .
Israel & Palestine: Eternal Enmity .
In each of them, the interrupters had stepped in to try to keep one act of enmity from spiraling into another.
From inside the Terminal Bar--a classic dive immortalized on Tom Waits's Nighthawks in the Diner--you cannot see the garish peanut-butter-and-electric-blue paint job that has earned the place such enmity.
A Moscow court has sentenced three members of Pussy Riot to two years in a medium-security prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity.
In Post-Gadhafi Libya, Enmities Continue To Smolder .
Washington also wants to normalize relations between Armenia and Turkey, whose enmity reflects the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Ottoman Empire-era killing of some 1.5 million Armenians .
There are a couple of things about atheists that contribute to the mistrust and enmity directed at them by religious people.
In the process he incorporates enough historical background to establish how unstable Greece in general, and Salonika in particular, have been, and how age-old Balkan enmities still cast long shadows.
General Motors earned considerable enmity in 2009 when it declared bankruptcy and accepted a $51 billion bailout from the US government.
Last summer, the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States agreed on legislation that would set national standards for the treatment of laying hens , setting aside years of enmity over the issue.
Out of their enmity grew our modern political system.
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In science:

Kitts J (2006) Social influence and the emergence of norms amid ties of amity and enmity.
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach
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