inimical

  • 1Inimical — In*im i*cal (?; 277), a. [L. inimicalis, fr. inimicus unfriendly, hostile; pref. in not + amicus friendly. See {Amity}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable; chiefly applied to private, as… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2inimical — [i nim′i kəl] adj. [LL inimicalis < L inimicus, hostile, ENEMY] 1. like an enemy; hostile; unfriendly 2. in opposition; adverse; unfavorable [laws inimical to freedom] inimically adv …

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  • 3inimical — I adjective adverse, alienated, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, at variance, at war with, bellicose, belligerent, contrary, cool, cross, disaffected, estranged, harmful, hostile, hurtful, inimicus, irreconcilable, malevolent, mean,… …

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  • 4inimical — 1640s, from L.L. inimicalis hostile, from L. inimicus unfriendly, an enemy (see ENEMY (Cf. enemy)) …

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  • 5inimical — [adj] antagonistic, contrary adverse, antipathetic, destructive, disaffected, harmful, hostile, hurtful, ill, ill disposed, inimicable, injurious, noxious, opposed, oppugnant, pernicious, repugnant, unfavorable, unfriendly, unwelcoming; concepts… …

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  • 6inimical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to obstruct or harm; hostile. DERIVATIVES inimically adverb. ORIGIN Latin inimicalis, from inimicus enemy …

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  • 7inimical — adj. (formal) inimical to (actions inimical to the maintenance of friendly relations between our countries) * * * [ɪ nɪmɪk(ə)l] (formal) inimical to (actions inimical to the maintenance of friendly relations between our countries) …

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  • 8inimical — adjective Etymology: Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus enemy more at enemy Date: 1573 1. being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence < forces inimical to democracy > 2. a. having the disposition of an enemy ; hostile <&#8230; …

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  • 9inimical — in|im|i|cal [ıˈnımıkəl] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: inimicalis, from Latin inimicus; ENEMY] making it difficult for something to exist or happen ▪ a cold, inimical climate inimical to ▪ conditions inimical to development …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10inimical — [[t]ɪnɪ̱mɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, usu ADJ to n Conditions that are inimical to something make it difficult for that thing to exist or do well. [FORMAL] ...a false morality that is inimical to human happiness. ...goals inimical to&#8230; …

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  • 11inimical — inimically, adv. inimicalness, inimicality, n. /i nim i keuhl/, adj. 1. adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: a climate inimical to health. 2. unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze. Also, inimicable. [1635 45; < L inimic(us)&#8230; …

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  • 12inimical — adjective /ɪˈnɪmɪkəl/ a) Harmful in effect Suicide is inimical to the health of the participant. b) unfriendly; hostile Her inimical attitude precludes romance. Syn: inimicable …

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  • 13inimical — adjective formal very unfavourable for something: a cold, inimical climate (+ to): conditions inimical to economic development inimically / kli/ adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14inimical — adjective an inimical gaze policies inimical to democracy Syn: harmful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, prejudicial, damaging, hurtful, destructive, ruinous, pernicious; antagonistic, contrary, antipathetic, unfavorable, adverse, oppose …

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  • 15inimical — in•im•i•cal [[t]ɪˈnɪm ɪ kəl[/t]] adj. 1) adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful: conditions inimical to health[/ex] 2) unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze[/ex] • Etymology: 1635–45; &LT; L inimīc(us) unfriendly, hostile&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16inimical — in|im|i|cal [ ı nımıkl ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL causing harm or stopping the development of something: actions inimical to peace 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY unfriendly: HOSTILE ╾ in|im|i|cal|ly [ ı nımıkli ] adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17inimical — UK [ɪˈnɪmɪk(ə)l] / US adjective 1) formal causing harm, or stopping the development of something actions inimical to peace 2) mainly literary unfriendly Derived word: inimically UK [ɪˈnɪmɪk(ə)lɪ] / US adverb …

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  • 18inimical — /ɪˈnɪmɪkəl / (say i nimikuhl) adjective 1. adverse in tendency or effect: a climate inimical to health. 2. unfriendly or hostile. {Late Latin inimīcālis, from Latin inimīcus unfriendly, an enemy} –inimicality /ɪˌnɪmɪˈkæləti/ (say i.nimi kaluhtee) …

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  • 19inimical — Synonyms and related words: adversary, adversative, adverse, adversive, aggressive, alien, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, antonymous, at cross purposes, balancing, battling, bellicose, belligerent, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody&#8230; …

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  • 20inimical — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. antagonistic, hostile, contrary, adverse; see opposing 2 , unfriendly 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Feeling or showing unfriendliness: hostile, unfriendly. See LOVE …

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