enmity

Enmity means intense hostility. If you're a football fanatic, you feel enmity for your opposing team.

Enmity comes from the same Latin root as enemy, and means the state of being an enemy. If you have always hated someone, you have a history of enmity with that person. Enmity is stronger than antagonism or animosity, which imply competitive feeling but don't go all the way to enemy status. Hopefully you are a peacemaker and don't experience too much enmity in your life.

DEFINITIONS OF: enmity

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n a state of deep-seated ill-will

Synonyms:
antagonism, hostility
Examples:
Cold War
a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States
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latent hostility, tension
feelings of hostility that are not manifest
state of war, war
a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
cold war
a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
suspicion
the state of being suspected
proxy war
a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate
cloud
suspicion affecting your reputation
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n the feeling of a hostile person

Synonyms:
hostility, ill will
Types:
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animosity, animus, bad blood
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
class feeling
feelings of envy and resentment of one social or economic class for toward another
antagonism
an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
aggression, aggressiveness
a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack
belligerence, belligerency
hostile or warlike attitude or nature
bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
warpath
hostile or belligerent mood
heartburning
intense resentment
huffishness, sulkiness
a feeling of sulky resentment
grievance, grudge, score
a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
enviousness, envy
a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
Type of:
hate, hatred
the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
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